He won 8 impressive heat games at the end of the series, including scores of 115, 111, 110 and 109. His final game yielded 83 points, just 12 short of the 95 needed to become #1 seed, surpassing Charlie Reams. He therefore returned for the finals as #2 seed and breezed past #7 seed Lee Simmonds 112 – 64 which set up a mouth-watering semi-final against Junaid Mubeen who'd scored 124 out of a possible 127 in his quarter-final against Neil MacKenzie. The semi-final didn't go to plan for Bishop as Mubeen beat him early on with SPATIAL and ROMAINE. In the later rounds, Bishop looked to be in with a chance when Mubeen has precasted ☓ disallowed (the past participle of PRECAST is PRECAST) but when Bishop had somaine ☓ disallowed, the game was all over, although it was Mubeen that scored on both the final numbers and conundrum.
Bishop was invited to Championship of Champions XIII, but was unable to attend due to external commitments. He instead returned to Countdown in 2013, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. After receiving a bye to the first round, he lost his only match against the Series 47 champion Chris Wills by a score of 102 – 99, despite leading nearly all the match.
On 30 April 2014, he appeared on the revival of Fifteen to One.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4704||4/11/2008||P||Andy Crompton||92 – 109||Martin Bishop||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||127|
|4705||5/11/2008||P||Martin Bishop||115 – 54||Alice Donald||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||121|
|4706||6/11/2008||P||Martin Bishop||92 – 56||Daniel Searle||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||116|
|4707||7/11/2008||P||Martin Bishop||94 – 67||Thomas Cappleman||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||121|
|4708||10/11/2008||P||Martin Bishop||95 – 68||Lesley Wootton||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||120|
|4709||11/11/2008||P||Martin Bishop||111 – 43||Caro Ness||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||121|
|4710||12/11/2008||P||Martin Bishop||110 – 61||Campbell Norris||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||121|
|4711||13/11/2008||P||Martin Bishop||83 – 59||June Walden||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||125|
|4727||5/12/2008||QF||Martin Bishop||112 – 64||Lee Simmonds||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||117|
|4731||11/12/2008||SF||Junaid Mubeen||96 – 56||Martin Bishop||Jo Brand||Susie Dent||115|
|5627||23/01/2013||30B1||Martin Bishop||99 – 102||Chris Wills||Margaret Mountford||Susie Dent||124|