Snakes, crocodiles and starvation are among the challenges faced by a Combe Martin born-and-bred doctor when he appears on The Island with Bear Grylls tonight (Monday) at 9pm. Dr Daniel Quemby was among 16 participants of Channel 4s hit reality show marooned on a deserted tropical island with only the most basic survival tools. The third series of the show will see two groups of eight men and eight women left on opposite sides of the same Pacific island, unknown to each other. Daniel, 42, who lives in Hampshire but was raised in Combe Martin, attended Ilfracombe College and still regularly returns to North Devon, said it had been an absolutely amazing experience. Its one of the best things I have ever done in my life, apart from meeting my wife and having three lovely children, he said. I cant express how amazing, humbling and life-changing the whole experience was. I got the opportunity to spend time on a tropical island in a real jungle and it became my home. Aged just eight, Daniel went to work at the monkey sanctuary that became Combe Martin Wildlife Park and says he loved the outdoors and being on Exmoor with his brothers, sister or friends. Filming for The Island took place towards the end of last year. The two groups were dropped off by boat piloted by survival expert Bear Grylls and while Daniel cant give away specific details, his medical skills were in great demand. On a daily basis there were all these things that happened on expeditions and in the jungle. I was called to dehydration, heat stroke and general weakness, sand fly and scorpion bites and general injuries, he said. There were major events that you will see that scared the living daylights out of me. But he said: I made some really good friends out there and we would sit looking up at the stars talking the night away. Eventually on the island you have to confront your issues because you have so much time and you realise how short life is. You want to work to live, not live to work and to spend more time with your family and do more to enjoy life. Daniel is trained as a consultant anaesthetist and in emergency medicine as well as a specialist in toxins and poisons, plus a trained outback or expedition doctor. He still returns to North Devon and other parts of the South West to carry out aesthetic treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections. He is married to Frances and they have three children Reuben, six, Theo, four and Willow, aged two.* Watch The Island with Bear Grylls tonight (Monday) at 9pm on Channel 4.