Doctor Blake to return to Ballarat for a third season

BALLARAT is set to do the time warp again with a third season of The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

ABC TV has announced another run of the 1950s murder-mystery show to be filmed in Ballarat after the success of the second season which winds up this Friday night.

An average of more than 1.5 million viewers across the country watched this year's season, with ABC head of fiction Carole Sklan giving much of the credit to its lead actor.

"Craig McLachlan has proved to be perfectly cast as the good doctor and he has acquired a legion of new and old fans," she said.

Ballarat mayor Joshua Morris welcomed the news and praised the city for its warm embrace of the production.

"I see this as confirmation of the willingness of the Ballarat community to embrace filming in the city," he said.

"It's great for the city to benefit in the resulting economic activity." 

Ballarat Regional Tourism chief executive George Sossi said another season of Dr Blake would help show off the city to the world.

"I see this as an outstanding opportunity to continue showcasing Ballarat's magnificent historical streetscapes to a national and international audience," he said.

Dr Blake's success in Australia has also now spread overseas, with the show picked up by the BBC as well as by stations in New Zealand and Europe.