In the last episode of the current series, Doc Martin goes all ‘Misery’ as the curmudgeonly doctor wakes up gagged and handcuffed to a bed.
Louisa worries that his disappearance could have been prompted by Dr Timoney’s suggestion that she and Martin aren’t meant to be together and fears he might have left Portwenn for good.
Desperate to find her estranged husband, she calls on Ruth, Morwenna and Janice for help to track down the missing GP, with no luck.
Meanwhile, Martin’s incarceration in a remote farmhouse is giving him time and reason to think about his personal life while desperate wife and captor Annie is trying to coerce the doctor into performing a life-saving operation on her terminally ill husband Jim.
Unfortunately for the GP, leading the rescue team is hapless PC Penhale, but before long half the village, including Louisa, arrives.
Will Martin and Louisa have a happy ending to their marital woes or will we be kept hanging until the next series (whenever that is)?
Doc Martin: The Doctor Is Out is scheduled for broadcast tonight (3 November) at 21.00 on itv CHOICE (DStv channel 123) with a repeat showing on Sunday 8 November at 20.25.