The mystery around the future of the popular Doctor Blake series is still unclear

FILMING: Production crew ready a car for a watery end in Lake Wendouree during filming of the final telemovie of the Doctor Blake Mysteries. Picture: Lachlan Bence

FILMING: Production crew ready a car for a watery end in Lake Wendouree during filming of the final telemovie of the Doctor Blake Mysteries. Picture: Lachlan Bence

The mystery of the Doctor Blake Mysteries continues with no word on its future as filming is underway on the final telemovie of the series.

The fifth season of the popular ABC drama airs from September 17 and the finale is not expected to screen for at least several months after the final series is shown.

Dr Blake’s most ardent fans remain hopeful that the ABC will reconsider the show’s future, with more than 16,000 fans signing an online petition demanding the show be reinstated after the shock decision to axe the show despite drawing more than a million viewers per episode and screening in 130 countries.

If not, they have pinned their hopes that Foxtel or Channel 7 will take on the historical drama, but neither network would confirm if they had future plans for the series which stars Craig McLachlan as Dr Lucian Blake and Nadine Garner as Jean.

Some of the Doctor Blake Mysteries’ most loyal fans will meet in Ballarat on Tuesday to talk all things about the series.

“I can’t understand why the ABC, in their infinite non-wisdom, decided to let the show go while on a high,” said Sydneysider Michele Orban who is on holiday in Ballarat to visit the Doctor Blake exhibition at the Gold Museum and see as many of the show’s locations as she can.

“There’s more than 16,000 people all saying the same thing, that this show is unique and we really need it to keep going, there’s something in it.”

A visit to Ballarat has been on Ms Orban’s bucket list since the series began in 2013, and with the Gold Museum exhibition closing on September 3 she bought forward a visit she planned for summer.

Ms Orban remains hopeful that a white knight will step in to save the Doctor Blake Mysteries, trying to find hidden meaning and genuine interest from a reply from Foxtel to one of their tweets.

“Hopefully they will come to the party because it’s a series like no other and it’s amazing how many people from so many countries watch the show.

“It really is a thinking person’s show and then you have the historical context exploring the issues of the day.”

The Save Doctor Blake movement also has a campaign on Wednesday for fans from around the globe to bombard Channel 7 and Foxtel with queries and pleas to take on the show.