Walk On Part

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My adventure with getting a walk-on part on “Doc Martin” began in March, 2014 when I bid on it. The Haven breast cancer charity had offered three items donated by Martin Clunes for auction so that they could raise money to help those in need pay for their program. The three items were a blue suit worn by Martin Clunes during DM, a two night stay at The Bay Hotel B&B in Port Isaac, or a walk-on part. I had no interest in the other items and set the max I was willing to pay for the walk-on part. Then I waited until the last day of the auction. My daughter told me that nothing ever happens online until the last day of bidding. I actually couldn’t wait until the last minute after all because I was visiting my mother in NY and had to get to the airport. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry because after bidding a couple of times and receiving responses that I had been outbid, I went to my max and quickly got an email saying I had won. That was followed by a letter from The Haven telling me it was their first time running this sort of event and they had raised enough money to ensure that “5 Visitors and their families can benefit from our vital services.” Unfortunately, I have had far too many friends who have dealt with breast cancer; however, that made me feel good about giving to this charity.

I also received a letter on Buffalo Pictures letterhead and signed by Martin Clunes to confirm my award and was told on this letter to contact Philippa Braithwaite at her email address. I had a brief mixup when the email address they sent me turned out to have been changed, but it all ended well.

Philippa answered me but then turned all correspondence over to Katie Neal. (I have read Karen Gilleland’s blog, with her description of her walk-on part so I’ll try not to be repetitive. As you know, I am much more inclined to write rather than use pictures to report on various topics. My pictures wouldn’t differ too much from Karen’s, although I was there at a different time and during filming of other scenes. I’ll fill in more details wherever I can and add a few pictures from time to time.)

From the moment I found out I had gotten the walk-on part I started wondering if Buffalo Pictures would be contacting me to ask me questions about myself – you know, height, weight, age, ethnicity, anything. That never happened. Then I wondered if they would give me some choices of dates to be in Port Isaac. They simply left that up to me. Finally, I wondered if they would tell me what to wear, but I never heard from them about that either. It’s possible that they figured I should know that regardless of when I showed up, they would expect me to look as though it was a warm, sunny day. I, on the other hand, jumped to the conclusion that they would have something for me to wear. So, although I own light, summer dresses and sandals, I didn’t bring them. In the end I wore an outfit that was along the lighter side, but not nearly as summery as the other extras had on, and I was still cold.

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Here’s how I’ll look. Blue sort of sweatshirt and pants. Director Charlie Martin(?) looking at camera.

I live in North Carolina where the temps start warming up in March. At the moment, we are enduring temps of around 30 degrees F warmer than in Port Isaac. I mean, when it’s 50 something F and the wind is blowing, it’s not beach weather to me!! We’ve lived all over the US, including Minnesota, and we know we get acclimated to wherever we live, but we’ve now lived in NC for 38 years and are used to being hot for at least 3-4 months out of the year. I have always seen college students walking around campus in flip-flops during the winter, but that will never be me! (I have to say that a little part of me wished I were of some unusual ethnic group – Asian, Arab, African-American, Indian, something. The show has had very few, if any, minority groups represented and I thought how fun it would be to shake things up, especially since they wouldn’t be expecting it. But I’m Caucasian like everyone else in the cast. Admittedly I did not see many ethnic looking people in Port Isaac. I did see a variety of ethnic groups in other places in Cornwall, however.)

The extras employed for that day were asked to wear particular types of clothing and bring changes. After breakfast we were all asked to line up so that our choice of clothes could be assessed. It felt a little like being faced with a firing squad and someone joked about that. Naturally, there was nothing at all frightening about it. The joking among the extras started early and kept up throughout the day. In addition, everyone in the group was extremely nice to me. I learned that many of them have been extras several times and in various shows. A few of us had teaching backgrounds and that led us to muse about whether teaching professionals are particularly drawn to want to try this sort of thing. We were all wearing coats and layers and only took them off when we had to.

Like Karen G., I, too, met Debbie as soon as I arrived at the Farm. By that time I had also been in touch with Glyn and Lindsay, Philippa’s assistant. My understanding is that Glyn is the person responsible for the cast. Debbie seemed more involved with the 4 babies being used and the older children too. As Karen G. mentions, Debbie and the rest of the staff continued to be very friendly towards me whenever they saw me. Thus, my day extended to my entire stay, and I continued to feel as though I was being treated as special even after the day on the set.

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Debbie is the woman walking towards the camera

Here is a picture of me with the extras:

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I’m between the white haired man with the beard and the other man with boots. My husband and I are such good photographers that I’m not even looking at the camera. In the other picture of me with the extras I have my eyes closed. I bet you’ll see some of these extras in the show. We were filming episode 5.

In the above picture we are all sitting along the wall across from the Old Schoolhouse Hotel and Restaurant (which doubles as the school in Portwenn) because we needed to gather in one spot. As we sat there, a parking guard came along and noticed the vans used for filming that were parked in front of the school didn’t have the proper permits to park there. She started writing tickets and some of the men thought it would be fun to harass her. She handled it well and retorted that we were being paid for sitting on a wall. Other people walked by and joked around with us too. Everyone enjoyed poking fun at everything.

Among the first people I saw when I arrived at the Farm that morning was Martin Clunes in jeans and a sweater, but I did not have a chance to talk to him at that point. However, once we were shuttled to PI, he was in the harbour area now dressed in his DM suit and tie. I was so caught up in what they were telling the extras to do and in being introduced to others in the crew like Hannah (who I believe assists the director) that I did not approach MC. My husband met me in town and he went up to MC and had a nice chat. Once I noticed they were chatting, I joined them. Peter told me later they talked about how we came to be there. In addition, it turned out that there was a scene being rehearsed that involved Joe Penhale (John Marquez) talking to a young girl sitting on the curb and staring. My husband is a neurologist, as you may remember, and recognized that she was supposed to be having an absence or partial complex seizure. In general, her behavior mimicked closely what might happen during one of those seizures, although she fell over and that doesn’t always take place. My husband also runs the Palliative Care and End of Life Program at UNC and thanked MC for his work with hospice in Dorset.

When I joined them, MC asked me about the charity that offered the part and we talked briefly about their work helping breast cancer patients. He has had a friend who was treated for breast cancer and survived, which is what got him involved. He once again mentioned the requirement in British TV that medical conditions be depicted accurately. I am not convinced that British TV is that much more accurate than American TV, although it may be a matter of volume rather than specific programs. My husband thinks DM does a good job of keeping things close to accurate, even though some scenes strain credulity. Of course, our soap operas are not accurate and some of the prime time shows can be a mixture. “House,” for example, started out using cases that were accurately presented, but then went off the rails. My husband was always very pleased that Gregory House demonstrated the use of differential diagnoses in trying to narrow down what a patient might be suffering from. He told MC that the first two years of “House” were good and he enjoyed trying to figure out what unusual syndrome the patient had. As it happened, we had watched some TV the night before and had seen a show called “Holby City.” It is set in a hospital and, from what I’ve now learned, has been on TV in England a long time (since 1999) and probably could be described as soap operaish even though it’s on during prime time. Believe me, they were definitely NOT being accurate. I couldn’t help myself and told MC about that show and that they were winging it. (I plan to write a post about British TV soon.)

We observed the scene with Joe Penhale and the young girl several times while standing with MC. He watched closely too and occasionally made comments. Once he told the young girl that there was a real neurologist watching and pointed to Peter. Another time he told her she looked really eerie. He seemed to be trying to make her feel at ease, which impressed me as something very nice to do. Her grandfather was there and we talked. He said she has acted a few times, is 13 yo, and would be in other scenes too. I saw her in one other outdoor scene where she becomes uncommunicative while standing near JH’s stroller. During this scene, ME taps her phone and asks her what she wants. I’m guessing other scenes might be when her parents bring her to see ME in his office.

Prior to the occasion when Joe Penhale is in that scene, ME is supposed to walk down the nearby alley and past JP. Penhale says “Hello Doc” and gets his usual “Yes” answer. During this sequence, several extras were used. Initially I was asked to stand midway down the alley and walk towards ME. I knew I should keep a straight face, but as he passed by me MC said “I’ll just scowl at you” and I struggled not to smile. Hannah immediately told me not to smile and we tried it again. As Karen G. mentions, each scene is repeated over and over no matter what. My assumption is that the director wants to try the scenes from a variety of perspectives and with various emphases so that he has several to choose from. After I walked up the alley, they switched me with another extra and did it again several times. MC left at that point and the scene with Penhale and the girl was repeated many times. During this scene I was asked to walk through again. This time I was to start walking when Penhale tells the young girl that she is legally required to listen to him. I continued walking past him and around behind him. I liked that scene the best and hope that’s the one they use.

Later that day, though, MC returned and they filmed that same walk down the alley again. This time I was asked to walk across the egress of the alley while a couple walked up the alley and other extras walked along the harbour area. We were all given different times to start walking after “action” was called. I walked 5 seconds after “action.” (The regular steps of preparing to film involved the actors rehearsing the scene with their coats, etc. on and getting pointers from the director. The assistant director would say “rehearsing” and make sure everything was in place, including the onlookers, then announce “turning over,” during which time everyone needs to make sure they are in position, and finally “action.” When they filmed the take, the same demands were announced. I have to suppose that the actors have had table readings prior to this during which they decided how best to say their lines because every actor seemed to know the lines by this point. Now and then they had to look at their sheets, but more often they knew their lines already and how they were planning to deliver them.

I need to stop here and say that the hardest working person during the time I was there was the assistant director. I wish I could tell you her name, but I do have a picture of her. She was utterly indefatigable. Every day, from 7 to 7, no matter what the weather or the location, she was moving nonstop and on her feet. She had her list of scenes for the day and she was the one who prepared for each scene with the help of a few others, and she made sure each actor was attended to. The day I was filming was also a day when Caroline Quentin was on the set. The AD clearly knew her well and they hugged, but that was true of several actors. She made each of them feel special and well treated while also keeping things moving. I can’t imagine how they could do the show without her and I think she must be totally exhausted by the end of each day. She must sleep all weekend and then get up and do it all over again the following week. She has to love her job!

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The woman I’m referring to is the one with the long red hair and black top. Here she stands next to Janice, Morwenna, and Angela (CQ). (I have no idea why there’s a line across the bottom of the picture. Even more evidence of our poor photography skills!)

The next hardest workers are the camera crew and sound people. They use all sorts of equipment and sometimes set everything up only to have to take it all down so that cars and people can pass. Because PI is so small there is no way to block off a street for filming like they would in other towns. There are literally only 3 streets that will take you in or out of the village. Roscarrock Hill, the street that runs by the surgery building, ends in a cul-de sac even though it often looks like there are people and cars driving by the surgery on their way to some place. (If you look at Portwenn Online’s locations maps you can see that, but I never noticed until I was actually there.) If you walk to the end of Roscarrock Hill you get to the coast path and can walk up the hill to where some scenes have been filmed by the bench. If you keep walking, you arrive at a very steep natural staircase that takes you up to the top of a cliff and more path.

Anyway, the camera crew switch between steadicam on their shoulders to camera on tripod to camera on dolly in the wink of an eye, or so it seems. In many shots they use them all as another way to once again, I suppose, have options to choose amongst. They also disassemble it quickly. They all follow the party line that they are the ones imposing on the town and they don’t want to upset anyone by blocking the way. This is a lovely attitude, but it does give them headaches. Even though they all act very willing to move out of the way, taking screens and equipment off the road, I bet they secretly swear to each other about it. Constantly setting things up and dismantling them over and over has to be frustrating. It’s definitely time consuming. But these guys do it all many times throughout each day. I think they must all be relieved when they film on the beach or inside or in an alleyway. I have to say they do relieve the tedium of the day by messing around. I saw them playing games, fake wrestling, and doing things that men like to do to blow off steam. After all, there is a lot of standing around. On the other hand, sometimes they were fooling around when we were trying to see what the actors were doing and they didn’t seem to notice they were in the way.

During my day on the set I was never forgotten, which I considered quite astounding. I kept trying to stay out of the way, but Hannah often came looking for me and offered to have me see what they were doing either behind the director or in a myriad of other activities. Debbie found me for lunch, and Lindsay made a special trip in from the Farm to meet me. I couldn’t have felt more welcome and well treated. Lindsay is incredibly capable and extremely thoughtful. I was fortunate to have a chance to talk to her for a while and get to know her.

My only other moment when I was asked to be in a scene was during a scene with Mrs. T (Selena Caddell) and Angela (CQ). Angela works in animal rescue and was taking Buddy to see the doc. Mrs. T stops her as she heads in the direction of the surgery. I was told to stand on the street and look like I was talking on my cell phone. Other extras walked through the scene at different points. I felt the most superfluous during this scene.

Other scenes shot during that day included one with Penhale and the fish monger that I found very funny. They must have said their lines a dozen times and I laughed every time. The scene had to do with Penhale needing something to serve at a BBQ he was having. (Another day we saw the filming of the BBQ.) He asks the fish monger for a suggestion of what to make. He tells him he wants to be seen as a man of the world but still approachable. The suggestion is sardines. Penhale says he wants something more exotic and the new recommendation is Italian sardines. The idea of grilling sardines was funny in itself, and adding the notion of being a man of the world was priceless.

It was now getting to be 6 o’clock and they were still not even close to done. My husband had long since gone back to our rental house and I was definitely fading. I wanted to stay for the final shots, but they were with Penhale and Janice with the baby on the coast path where it would be hard to see anything and then I saw the shuttle bus heading out and jumped on. Almost all the extras were on the bus and I talked to a few more during the drive back to the Farm. I was fortunate to sit next to a young man who had been a chef but was now a handyman. He recommended some good restaurants in the area and we tried the one in Boscastle called Wellington’s, which was quite good. We actually went to Boscastle twice and now I’ve seen that some filming was done there. It’s very scenic there too and also has the requisite steep roads. The river that runs through it distinguishes it from other towns. Like PI, when the tide is out, the boats are left stranded on sand. I’ve never quite seen that before. Here when the tide is out, boats can still float.

Back at the Farm I spoke to Glyn and Katie but never got to see Philippa. They said she was out looking for locations. Another time she was in London doing some casting. My impression is that Philippa is the total opposite of Martin and would rather not meet people or have her picture taken. Karen G. said she never got to talk to Philippa either and, like Karen G., I saw Philippa on the set another day. I guess she leaves the socializing and promoting to Martin.

I did not have a chance to see the interior sets and should have asked before leaving that evening. I have to say I was too tired to remember to ask and ready to drive home. It was a really great experience that I’m sure I’ll never have again. I now feel as though I know Port Isaac well and have a lot of respect for all the work the people behind the scenes do. The sound person, another woman whose name I don’t have, told me she loves what she does and has been doing it for 20 years. She, too, spends most of the day on her feet in all kinds of weather holding the long rod with the microphone on the end over the actors speaking. She has to find a place to stand where she can reach the actors and not be in the picture. Somehow she manages to do that all day every day too. We all admire the actors, and they get all the credit, but the show wouldn’t be anywhere as good without the ancillary workers. That they operate with such good attitudes is very much to their credit and to the credit of those who hired them and supervise them.

Oh, another thing, I asked and Philippa is involved in all aspects of the show and considers the show her “baby.” She does not get a writing credit though because she does no writing. What she does is what producers in the US do too — she reads the scripts and comments on them. Much like a person building a house doesn’t design it, they tell the architect what they want and collaborate with the architect until they are happy with the design, a producer talks to the writers to develop the storyline, the writers go write and send their work to the producer(s) who then read it and respond. Each note is sent back to the writer who tries to make the requested changes or who argues for their point of view until the final product is achieved. Philippa is not the only one who reads each script. Her assistant Lindsay gives notes and there are other producers. The main thing is it’s a collaborative effort.

Also, I tried to meet with Jack Lothian because he’s my favorite writer on the show. I found out that he’s a favorite among the producers too but he lives in Thailand. He flies in for meetings. He has a thick Scottish accent and has decided he wants to be in Thailand. I have no plans to fly to Thailand at the moment!

 

 

 

Originally posted 2015-06-21 16:59:08.

17 thoughts on “Walk On Part

  1. Santa Traugott

    Is it OK if I mention this very interesting post on a FB fan page? It’s fine if you’d rather just keep it here, but it deserves a wide readership!

  2. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    I’m glad you found it interesting and think others should read it. I’m a little wary of Facebook and make very few comments myself. If you think it would bring readers who aren’t aware of my blog, I guess I should encourage you though.

    What did you find interesting?

  3. Santa Traugott

    I just think it’s a lovely account of what was clearly a wonderful experience for you. So many of the folks on FB have gone this year and I’m sure they would be interested in comparing notes, and those that haven’t gone already seem to love to hear about these trips. But I don’t want to press you in this and probably share your reservations about FB.

    I was really struck by the openness and friendliness and professionalism of the crew that you describe. It sounds like a happy, well run operation. BTW, the director you saw is Charles Palmer, who is the son of Geoffrey Palmer, of As Time Goes By fame. He apparently, is not so much of a luvvie., as the crew you describe. (Rumor hath it.)

    I think you’re exactly right about Phillipa. She is the architect of the series, and is very hands on about the writing. It’s her vision, basically, with a lot of input from others. I think she is the UK equivalent of what we call here “showrunner” although here the showrunners often do a lot of writing as well. In any case, she’s the heart and soul of that production, I think, and not nearly enough credit is given to her.

    I also loved your description of your husband comparing diagnostic notes with Martin!

    What a great time you must have had. I am so glad you got to do it.

  4. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    Just a little more about Philippa’s role as I deduce it to be. She seems to be involved in many aspects of the show and is on set periodically, but she shares those duties with Mark Crowdy and others. When she’s not around, he is there. Also, my understanding about the writing and development of the story arc is that the writers contribute a lot to that. What I didn’t mention is that I was told that Jack Lothian, for example, comes up with some ideas that at first may sound a bit wild to them, but eventually they realize how good his ideas are and adopt them. Admittedly I am partial to the writers, but I think they contribute a huge amount to the storyline and should be given more credit than we often allow.

    Thanks for telling me the directors correct name. Yes, he was not nearly as physically warm as others, but he was also on set all day regardless of weather, etc. I’m sure he had a lot to say about the filming and he will collaborate with the editing staff to make the finished product. At one point I heard him tell his assistant that he preferred how John Marquez delivered his lines in a previous take, but liked other things about the most recent take. They all want the best product they can create.

    The other thing I should have said is that the onlookers were mostly very cooperative when I was there. We all want the show to be its top notch best. I plan to write next about other filming days I witnessed and fill you all in on other aspects of the filming from my perspective. Then I’ll write about other thoughts I’ve had related to the show. I think I now have several more posts in me if I can just find the time to write them!

  5. Santa Traugott

    I love Jack Lothian’s writing. Poor man suffered a good bit from fans who called him Jack “Loathing” because he wrote the non-wedding episode. I think he is now usually their opener and closer. They certainly trust him and his instincts.

    Yes, Mark Crowdy is a vital piece of the production. But I still think that Phillipa is the sine qua non of the show. Nothing important gets done without her OK. Architect is probably the best term — and like a good architect, she’s involved in/overseeing every aspect of the construction.

    I suppose if you think about a baseball team, she’s an owner who also takes on a lot of General Manager responsibilities as well, which she shares with Mark Crowdy. But it’s always clear, I’ll bet, who’s boss.

    Your story does make me so envious — when we were there two years ago, it was the period when Martin was out sick, and we didn’t see ANY filming at all. But we enjoyed Port Isaac and environs a lot.

  6. Pamela Baum

    I am familiar with your blog and have read most of your posts. However, I hadn’t seen this particular post until a saw a link to it on a Facebook fan page. I’m sure many of its readers will also click on the link and read your interesting account of what it’s like to be an extra for a day in this most beloved show. I really appreciated your in-depth description of the entire day and was able to visualize what it must have been like to be there. For most of us, this is the closest we’ll ever be to Portwenn and the illustrious characters of Doc Martin. Thank you for your detailed post!

  7. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    Thank you for reading the blog and for this nice message. The mention on Facebook certainly caused a spike in my readership, at least for one day! I did enjoy the experience.

  8. rosemary hudson

    Hi Nancy, I sent you a message on fb but no response so thought I would comment on this very enjoyable account of your time in PI and your walk on part experience. I was especially interested in reading it as I had bid on that item in the Haven’s auction and was so sure I had the winning bid….at least for a couple of days but of course the serious bidders come in at the end and that took me off guard. It didn’t matter as my budget had been met and surpassed so it wasn’t meant to be,,, at least for that auction! So happy for you and glad you had such a successful time in Cornwall and were nice enough to share your experience. I see you are part of at least one of the DM fan pages and hope you enjoy that too. Thanks again for sharing and congrats on getting the winning bid!! Rosemary

  9. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    Thank you for being so gracious. I’m also grateful to you for writing me a note, both on Facebook and here. I did not see the FB message, but I mainly check that site to see what others have posted and rarely post anything myself. BTW, my name is Karen.

    Now that I’m responding to you here, I should tell everyone that I am once again trying to find time to write another post as I had promised. Even though this isn’t pertinent to this blog, I want to mention that I run a book club where I live and arrange for a NC author to make a guest appearance every summer. This week we have Daniel Wallace, the writer of “Big Fish: a story of mythic proportions” as our guest. He’s the Director of Creative Writing at UNC. My week has been spent making sure we have everything lined up for his visit, corresponding with him, and writing an introduction. We will have over fifty people for dinner and talk tonight. After that I’ll have more time to add a post here. Thanks for your patience.

  10. Laura H

    Hi, Karen and all,
    I thought I sent a reply to the wonderful Walk-On post, but it must have disappeared into cyberspace…that happens sometimes…go figure? So, I wanted to try again to say a big THANK YOU for posting this about your walk on part experience. It was just so much fun to read and now we can all have the treat of watching for you in the upcoming Season 7. Totally fun! I said a lot more in the lost post, but not sure what. The main thrust of the post was to simply thank you and tell you how much I enjoyed your description of your experience. Should you have forgotten anything, please give footnotes or addendums. I certainly appreciate all your posts, but this one was particularly special!

  11. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    Hi, Laura. I wish the other post hadn’t gotten lost somewhere. I get a lot of spam, which I promptly delete, and hope I didn’t mix up your comments with those. Thanks for writing anyway. I am working on another fairly long post about other filming I watched and will publish it soon. Stay tuned!!!

  12. Linda D.

    I am SO pleased you had this wonderful experience Karen! I really enjoyed the account of your time in “Portwenn”! Surely, a dream come true! I hope you have more for us including pictures if possible.

    I find it so interesting to have been able to put a name to the faces of others on the blog – especially Abby and Santa and you! It is kind of surreal!

    I still dream of my week there and count it among the BEST vacation of my life, even though I was on a full run most of the time! I wanted to make the most of this once in a life time event!

    I really didn’t enjoy London as much but then, Port Isaac had been so much fun and was the true focal point of my trip. I will have to give London another shot one day.

    It is a LONG way from Port Isaac by train, then an 80 pound + tip cab ride to Heathrow. We stayed at the Sofitel at Heathrow and it was AMAZING – very luxurious but of course, very expensive. We had an 8 hour flight direct to Vancouver, then a wait, and then a really beautiful short flight over the Pacific Ocean to Campbell River, on Vancouver Island. It was such a beautiful night that I forgot how TIRED I was considering the hours in flight and all the time changes! British Airways was a good choice I felt! They have great service all in all, although we flew in the cattle car section!

    I LOVE that you got to be a walk-on! That would have been such a fun thing to do! I’ll be watching for you in Series 7! One tiny thing bothers me about the process though. I think it is brilliant to allow charities to fundraise this way and I have noticed that many of those who blog or manage fan sites got some small opportunities which is certainly fair. I do not begrudge anyone this opportunity. However, the winning bids were in the $2000 range, I understand, and that eliminates most people. I don’t see any other way they can do it and it does raise a lot of funds for great charities. It is also VERY expensive to get to Port Isaac and to pay for food and lodging – especially if the exchange rate SUCKS like ours! Our dollar was basically worth 1/2 a pound which meant everything cost double. So we have to feel sorry for fans for whom this opportunity is simply out of reach. I guess that is the way of the world and those of us who do manage to get over there are lucky indeed! I have my “Doc” mug and coaster, a key chain, 2 beautiful paintings, a bumper sticker, shirts for the grandbabies, and a fridge full of magnets, and rocks from Port Gaverne, outside the Doc’s house and Louisa’s, and tons of great pictures which are scrolling through on my computer screen! My husband is suspicious about my motivation to read everything I can find on Doc Martin and to look at every picture. although he too is a fan.

    I’m glad that people share their pictures, memories, and thoughts! It helps us get through until Season 7 starts. Who knows what we can expect from that!

    It is Canada Day on July 1 so Happy Canada Day everyone!

  13. Amy Cohen

    What a blast this must have been! Did you know what the story line was in the episode you participated in at the time? How did the prevent spoilers from leaking?

  14. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    The experience was lots of fun. I spent one day of two weeks that it takes to film one episode. Then I watched from the sidelines for the rest of the time I was there. I can only say that we knew there were scenes at the beach and, of course, the scenes with the girl with seizures. We also knew Caroline Quentin was a dog rescue person who was often acting oddly. We also knew there was a barbecue that Penhale was giving. But they film each segment out of order and in such small periods of time that it’s really impossible to figure out what the storyline is. Also, the indoor scenes are filmed separately at the studio constructed at the farm, and those none of us saw. They are often the most important to the story. It’s also very hard to hear the dialogue when it’s outside. I watched Penhale chase Angela into the water (although they used doubles) but could not have told you exactly how that was going to fit into the episode. I really think they are filming as they would even if no one were watching and know that it’s going to be hard to determine how it all goes together. They also film some scenes that don’t get used at all. They are probably pretty safe in regard to spoilers. Based on what many other people wrote after being in Port Isaac to watch the filming, no one figured out when Martin and Louisa would reconcile, or even if they would. For S7, that was the big question.

  15. Amy Cohen

    Thanks, Karen, for the explanations. Fascinating! And it seems at least tonight I can get into the blog again after days of having no luck.

  16. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    I’m glad the blog is available to you again. I look forward to reading what you think about the S7 posts.

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