Be­hind The Scenes

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents - Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes DOC MARTIN Sun­days, 7.40pm, ABC

For­get fall­ing in love with his fe­male co-stars, Martin Clunes only has eyes for the show’s four­legged friend, Buddy!

De­spite play­ing dog-hat­ing grump Doc Martin – who has to pre­tend he loathes the mon­grel on the show – Martin says as soon as the cam­eras stop rolling he’s quick to make a fuss of the 10-year-old dog, whose real name is Dodger.

This sea­son sees the arrival of an­other mutt, Bob (real name Paddy) who ar­rives on the Doc’s doorstep look­ing to move in.

“The pro­ducer saw Paddy with the dog trainer when she’d just got him two years ago, and knew we had to find a role for him in this se­ries,” says Martin, who has three dogs of his own – Jimmy, a Jack Rus­sell; Penny, a Chi­huahua x Jack Rus­sell; and Heidi, a cocker spaniel who re­cently gave birth to seven pup­pies!

“You can see all this youth and ex­u­ber­ance in Paddy’s eyes. Dodger is still fan­tas­tic and keeps go­ing to the end of the day, but Paddy is just men­tal and beau­ti­ful. I’ve fallen for both of them.”

Martin says the res­cue dogs have been trained to know he’s just act­ing when he’s be­ing cross with them, so they’re not fright­ened of him on set.

Of his role play­ing the cur­mud­geonly medic, Martin says it’s “the best job in telly”.

“What could pos­si­bly match this: stay­ing in the West coun­try, sur­rounded by dogs and peo­ple I like? I re­ally love do­ing this. I love ev­ery­thing about it.”

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