Doctor Foster season 3: Everything you need to know (2022)

"I wasn't entirely sure if I wanted to do a second series," Suranne Jones said earlier this year of following up 2015's drama sensation Doctor Foster. "[That] was a standalone piece. To do a follow-up just because something was successful... I didn't feel that that was the right thing."

But she ended up being convinced by series creator Mike Bartlett's pitch – a Kramer vs Kramer-esque story of a divorced couple at war and the impact their feud has on their son – and the series two finale delivered overnight ratings of over 7 million.

So, inevitably, talk has now turned to a possible third chapter. But will it happen, and, if so, when? Here's everything we know so far.

Doctor Foster season 2, episode 5: Where did we leave off?

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After weeks at war, Gemma Foster (Jones) finally got her revenge on cheating ex-husband Simon (Bertie Carvel). Having proved to his new wife Kate (Jodie Comer) that Simon wasn't over his first marriage, she totally dismantled the philanderer's new, picture-perfect life.

Simon lost his wife and his baby daughter (with Kate and little Amelie both escaping to Paris) as well as his home, his car and his job, all of which were supplied by Kate's family.

In a deep depression, Simon was driven to attempt suicide, and while Gemma originally agreed to aid in the attempt, she eventually convinced him to keep on living for the sake of their son Tom (Tom Taylor).

But, in an ironic twist, Tom had run away: the troubled teenager was emotionally exhausted from his parents' feud and, having been excluded from school, decided to leave Parminster behind.

Doctor Foster cast: Who will return for series 3?

There is no Doctor Foster without Suranne Jones, and the return of Bertie Carvel as Simon Foster seems certain, too. No way he'd leave Parminster with his son still AWOL.

Speaking of which, Tom Taylor is bound to return as the Fosters' son Tom, and he'll have to face up to sins of the past, having got drunk and forced himself on schoolmate Isobel (Hope Lloyd).

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Other major characters who could return include Gemma's so-called pal Ros (Thusitha Jayasundera), ally Carly (Clare-Hope Ashitey) and colleague / frenemy Siân (Sian Brooke).

With Kate having left the country, her marriage to Simon conclusively over, Jodie Comer's involvement in any future series would appear less certain. Ditto her on-screen parents Neil Stuke and Sara Stewart, who play Chris and Susie Parks.

Gemma's long-time neighbours Anna and Neil also left Parminster after the latter strayed once too often, so it's unclear if Victoria Hamilton and/or Adam James would feature in future episodes.

And with Gemma calling time on her relationship with nice-but-dull James, it might be a stretch to bring back Prasanna Puwanarajah too.

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Speaking to Digital Spy back in July 2017 ahead of series two's launch Suranne Jones hinted that there might not be a third outing for Gemma... at least, not for a long time.

"I'm very busy next year – my whole year is booked up until December 2018," she explained. "I don't see where we could fit it. Mike [Bartlett] has also got a million-and-one amazing projects, so I'm really happy that we all did what we did, and then we've moved on.

"I've signed up for three very different projects – a theatre project, a film and a TV project – so I'm just not sure that... unless you're talking 10 years' time? But I can't think that far ahead."

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The theatre project she mentioned is Frozen (no relation to the Disney hit), co-starring Jason Watkins and running for 12 weeks at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Friday, February 9, 2018. (Coincidentally, the play is about the emotional impact of a child going missing.)

After that, she'll jump straight into Gentleman Jack, an eight-part BBC series from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright, playing Anne Lister.

Plus, not only is Jones one of the most in-demand actresses in the country, she's also hinted at taking on more work behind the camera, having served as associate producer on the most recent series of Doctor Foster and Scott and Bailey.

But, if she's able to find time in her schedule, it appears the BAFTA winner is opening to playing Gemma again. "If Mike comes up with another story, then we'll talk about it," she said, in quotes printed by The Mirror in September.

"There are no plans," Jones said in December. "Everyone is busy and I am working all of next year [2018] so I just don't know."

In January, she added: "You should never say never. because if I say I'm not doing it, then I rule that out, so I'm not saying no. But we're busy.

"I'm filming until December 2018, so I'm not even free until 2019... so we've not talked about it, because we're still basking in number two. So who knows?"

So... maybe a new series in late 2019 or early 2020?

One thing's for sure, the BBC aren't ruling out a third series. Some took the below tweet – published just after series two's finale aired – as confirmation that Doctor Foster was done for good...

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Gone... but never, ever forgotten. Thank you for joining us for #DoctorFoster.

— BBC One (@BBCOne) October 3, 2017
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But the Beeb later clarified that "gone... but never, ever forgotten" actually referred to the missing Tom. *phew*

Mike Bartlett has also confirmed that, while he hasn't begun writing a third series, there is "potential" for another visit to Parminster.

"Tom's gone, so there's a question mark. In a way, that is a question mark at the end. I think it works as an end to this series [but] clearly there's potential there.

"There would have to be lots of conversations. We need to talk – Suranne and I and lots of other people need to have lots of conversations and we'll see."

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Having milked their twisted love / hate dynamic for all its worth, Bartlett gave us a resolution to Gemma and Simon's feud. "I won't ever forgive you," she says in series two's last episode. "But we will both probably start to forget, and that's enough."

It appears that Doctor Foster as we know it – the torrid, absurd, but hugely compelling revenge thriller – is done.

But while the story of a scorned woman wreaking havoc on her unfaithful spouse might be over, that doesn't mean we can't revisit this damaged family unit in future, and further explore the emotional repercussions of their actions.

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It's Tom's fate that ends up being at the crux of series two's climax, and what happens to him next could be the hook for future episodes. Simon's fate is also left tantalisingly up in the air. Maybe he'd stick around, with Gemma's blessing, to aid in the search?

The last time we see them together, they're united, for the first time in a long time, in their concern over their missing son. It's possible the hunt for Tom might reunite them – as allies, if not as a couple.

"That ending of series two leaves a lot open to come back to: where has the son Tom gone and what's happening to him?" Bartlett has said. "What happens to the parents? That's the sort of story territory we'd be in, but it's not written yet."

"Obviously I want Tom to come home," Suranne Jones added. "I think it would be nice if they rectified their relationship," Jones said. "I don't know what her and [ex-husband] Simon's relationship would be, but it would be nice for her and Tom to rectify that."

With filming unlikely to begin before 2019 – by which point actor Tom Taylor will be around 18 – there'll also be the opportunity to explore Tom's mental state as a young adult, as opposed to a troubled teenager.

Some fans have called for a BBC One drama crossover, with Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo) from The Missing aiding Gemma and Simon in the search for their son...

But we're going to go out on a limb and say the odds of that are pretty slim. Even on a show as mad and unpredictable as Doctor Foster.

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Will there be season 3 Dr Foster? ›

Doctor Foster creator confirms series 3 won't happen: "We're done" This week saw the debut of Doctor Foster spin-off series Life but, according to the creator, we won't be seeing a third run of the original show.

Did Dr Foster get Cancelled? ›

However, it looks like there will be no spin-off of Doctor Foster because BBC has decided to cancel the show.

Is life a spin-off from Dr Foster? ›

Life is a spin-off of popular drama Doctor Foster

BBC drama Life has proved popular with viewers over recent weeks. The six-part series, which began last month, tells the story of four different families all going through different life situations and set-backs exploring love, loss, birth and death.

Who is the villain in Doctor Foster? ›

Series one

Bertie Carvel as Simon Foster, a 40-year-old property developer, Gemma's husband and the series' main antagonist.

Is Parminster a real place? ›

Parminster is a completely fictional town invented for Mike Bartlett's drama. It is not clear exactly where the town is meant to be but from the locations used it is perhaps meant to be a market town within a certain distance of London.

Was Dr Foster in love with Effy? ›

In spite of this however Foster was secretly harboring his severe lust for Effy and tries to make her fall for him, by any means necessary.

What did Doctor Foster do to her son? ›

First things first, the series finale of Doctor Foster began with the answer to the question on everyone's lips since last week: Simon is alive. Gemma swerved her car towards her cheating ex-spouse, but at the last minute veered past him and ploughed on to steal their son from his father's grasp.

What gift did Gemma give Kate? ›

Tuesday's (26 September) episode saw viewers finally discover that the gift Gemma gave Kate in episode one was a copy of Simon's speech at their wedding, which later proved to be a critical piece of evidence in her plan to turn Kate against him.

Is Simon obsessed with Gemma? ›

But as the episode unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that Simon's totally and utterly obsessed with Gemma. He's stayed true to his original wedding speech (the item that Gemma gifted to Kate): "She will be everything forever. My obsession.

Who was Belle in dr Foster? ›

The two Doctor Foster characters in the Life cast are Anna Baker (Victoria Hamilton), now going by the name of Belle, and her ex-husband Neil Baker (Adam James).

Is Doctor Foster based on Medea? ›

Gemma Foster was originally conceived as a contemporary version of the title character in Medea, a Greek tragedy first produced in 431 BC.

What is the link between dr Foster and Life? ›

Firstly, Life is from the team that brought you Doctor Foster and was created by the same writer, Mike Bartlett. He has revealed how Life came about in the first place, drawing from his own experience of living in a flat that was part of a divided up house.

Is Doctor Foster's husband cheating? ›

She discovered her husband Simon had been having a long-term affair with a younger woman – Kate Parks. She also discovered Simon had risked their finances for the sake of his property development company.

What secret did Simon tell Tom about Gemma? ›

Tom explained that Simon had told him he had to quit his career to look after him so she could distract herself with work because she preferred it to him.

What is the message of Doctor Foster? ›

In the debate surrounding the portrayal of alcohol in Doctor Foster, the narrative that alcohol is fun, pleasurable and sociable – a main message of advertising campaigns – emerges intact. It is up to individual consumers to control how they drink.

Does Kate leave Simon in Doctor Foster? ›

In the end it was Gemma who forced Simon to make that choice – and by then there was an unexpected baby on the way. Kate stuck by Simon and they started a new life in London. But now she's delighted to move back to Parminster, to be closer to her friends and parents.

How does Dr Foster end? ›

The show ended with a battle between Simon and Gemma as their son Tom gets tired of his parents' drama. The show Doctor Foster is a drama TV series starring Suranne Jones, Bertie Carvel, Tom Taylor, Thusitha Jayasundera, and Shazia Nicholls.

What city is Dr Foster filmed in? ›

The spin-off series of the BAFTA and National Television Award-winning Doctor Foster was filmed on location in and around Manchester with its production and studio base at Space Studios in West Gorton, which is also the home of the crime drama series Peaky Blinders.

What was Effy's mental illness? ›

She begins to have psychotic episodes and delusional symptoms and Freddie realizes that Effy has developed psychotic depression. She attempts suicide but Freddie, foreseeing this, saves her and she is taken to hospital and later, institutionalized.

Do they ever find out Freddie was murdered? ›

In the penultimate episode of the series, Freddie is murdered by Effy's psychiatrist Dr. Foster, and the last episode's main plot sees the gang investigate Freddie's disappearance.

What did Effy get injected with? ›

Sid arrives and takes Tony and Effy to a hospital. At the hospital, it is revealed that Josh injected Effy with clean, pure pharmaceuticals.

What did Tom do Dr Foster? ›

The doctor confronted the teenage girl – but got far more than she bargained for when Isobel nervously confirmed that Tom had sexually assaulted her at a party. “I kissed him and he said, 'Let's go outside to get away from people',” said Isobel. “Stuff happened and then he went off back home.”

Why did Dr Foster go to Gloucester? ›

Foster went to Gloster, To preach the work of God. When he came there, he sat in his chair, And gave all the people a nod.

Is Doctor Foster a true story? ›

As for any real-life inspiration, the popular new show was created by playwright-turned-screenwriter Mike Bartlett, who revealed that there is a kernel of truth behind Doctor Foster's revenge-fueled melodrama. He told The Daily Express that the series was in part inspired by "what had happened to his friends."

Who sent Dr Foster the flowers? ›

It goes without saying, by the way, that Simon has been a crazy ex and worse from day one. He violently assaulted Dr. Foster. He sent her flowers saying "bitch".

Did Simon cheat on Gemma? ›

Simon's mistress, it transpired, was Kate (Jodie Comer), the 23-year-old daughter of the Fosters' friends. Disturbingly, everyone in Gemma's small community seemed not only to know about this two-year affair, but to be helping Slimy Simon get away with it!

Why did Gemma get into a car accident? ›

A stoned Gemma crashes her car whilst bringing Abel and Thomas home, but she and Clay lie about the circumstances, saying she was run off the road.

Do the villa know about Gemmas dad? ›

Lants. A third described it as the "best kept secret since Kylie Jenner hid her pregnancy." Whilst this is the first time Gemma has actually referenced her father in the villa, it turns out many of her fellow islanders apparently knew about her famous parentage weeks ago.

What is the necklace Gemma is wearing? ›

The necklace is a vintage Tiffany & Co piece designed by the famous Jean Schlumberger, featuring his signature X design. The necklace features 92 round brilliant-cut diamonds in between 18K gold X's. Recently sold for $50K on 1stDibs, the necklace is worth just as much as prize money Gemma could win on Love Island.

Why has Gemma got a cut lip? ›

Fans of the show needn't worry though. Gemma's lip crease isn't actually caused by a split, it's likely to be her choice of lip filler instead. "There is a popular technique, known as 'keyhole lip technique' or 'lip cleavage technique'," explains Dr. Raj Arora.

What happens to Belle in life? ›

It made for a fitting finale. And to top it off, what a lovely ending for Belle after the relentless emotional turmoil of the previous five episodes! Her big moment came at the wedding of her ex-husband Neil (Adam James), when she finally looked at him with clear eyes and realised she didn't love him any more.

Is Julia foster the next Doctor Who? ›

Julia Foster is the 14th Doctor, with Tennant Back as Companion. Veteran actress Julia Foster will replace Jodie Whittaker after she bows out from Doctor Who in this year's festive special. Despite claims to the contrary, Whittaker in fact filmed her final scenes late last year.

Who is Carly in Doctor Foster? ›

Clare-Hope Ashitey

Who is Medea in love with? ›

In Your Throne, Medea's long engagement to Eros is a reference to her decade-long marriage to Jason. Just like Jason, Eros deserted Medea for another woman (in this case Psyche).

What gender is Medea? ›

The play is an exploration of the roles of men and women, both actual and ideal, but it is not necessarily an argument for sexual equality. Creon and Jason find Medea's cleverness more dangerous and frightening because she is woman.

What race is Medea? ›

Medea, in Greek mythology, an enchantress who helped Jason, leader of the Argonauts, to obtain the Golden Fleece from her father, King Aeëtes of Colchis. She was of divine descent and had the gift of prophecy.

Who is Kate in Doctor Foster? ›

Kate Parks: (Played by Jodie Comer)

Kate Parks was the 'other woman' in season one of Doctor Foster. The young 23-year-old is the daughter of the very wealthy Susie and Chris Parks. Throughout the first season, it was clear that Kate wanted Simon to leave Gemma to be with her.

Who is Ross in Doctor Foster? ›

Thusitha Jayasundera

Is Tom the same actor in Dr Foster? ›

Tom Taylor (born 16 July 2001) is an English actor. He is known for his performance as Jake Chambers in The Dark Tower and Tom Foster in the BBC One hit drama Doctor Foster.

Does Gemma sleep with Neil? ›

Did you do that?” Gemma famously slept with Neil so that she could blackmail him in order to uncover the dire state of her husband's finances.

Who stepped in a puddle right up to his middle? ›

Doctor Foster Went to Gloucester lyrics

In a shower of rain, He stepped in a puddle, Right up to his middle, And never went there again.

Is Doctor Foster worth watching? ›

Critic Reviews for Doctor Foster: Season 1

It's a brilliant and gripping portrait of a marriage slowly being poisoned. It was a hard watch and some might have found the ending unsatisfying, but I think all of us probably lost a bit of sleep after watching this.

How does Dr Foster series 2 end? ›

Series two of Doctor Foster ended with Gemma and Simon's son Tom's sudden disappearance. After all the sturm and drang of the bitter break-up it was as if we viewers experienced the same thing as Gemma – a sudden realisation, far too late, about what the teenager has put up with all this time.

How many episodes are in Dr Foster? ›

Is Doctor Foster on Netflix? ›

Only Netflix in the United States currently streams the series. Doctor Foster aired between 2015 and 2017 with 10 episodes produced in total. Mike Bartlett is behind the series.

Is Dr Foster canceled? ›

As of November 19, 2022, Doctor Foster has not been cancelled or renewed for a third season but it seems unlikely that Lifetime will want to air it. Stay tuned for further updates. Want to automatically receive updates about this TV show?

Was Dr Foster Cancelled? ›

However, it looks like there will be no spin-off of Doctor Foster because BBC has decided to cancel the show.

Will The Order season 3 ever happen? ›

In a Tweet, the writer said: “For two seasons I was honored to work with an incredible cast and crew on The Order for Netflix. It is one of the best experiences of my career. Unfortunately, we aren't returning, but I will always cherish the memories and the props I stole.

Why did Doctor Foster end? ›

It seems that Tom has given up on the amount of drama and madness surrounding his parents. He has decided to live by himself rather than get tangled up the mess. This becomes the end of Doctor Foster, as Gemma is left craving for her son.

Will there be season 3 of another? ›

“To our crew & cast thank you for always working so hard & being prepared. I wish we could do more seasons but sadly it's just not in the cards. See you on the next adventure.

Is Dr Foster based on a true story? ›

As for any real-life inspiration, the popular new show was created by playwright-turned-screenwriter Mike Bartlett, who revealed that there is a kernel of truth behind Doctor Foster's revenge-fueled melodrama. He told The Daily Express that the series was in part inspired by "what had happened to his friends."

Why is Alyssa's magic not working? ›

Throughout the Series

She helped Coventry in retrieval of pages of the Vade Maecum and then signed the contract with him, semi-bounding her with the Vade Maecum Infernal (hence her weaker magic in Season Two after Edward was unable to complete the contract and Vera did not truly destroy the book).

What shows did Netflix cancel 2022? ›

All 17 Netflix TV Shows Canceled In 2022 (So Far)
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  • Gentefied. ...
  • Cooking with Paris. ...
  • Stranger Things. ...
  • Never Have I Ever. ...
  • The Baby-Sitters Club. ...
  • Archive 81. ...
  • Locke & Key.
9 Nov 2022

Why is Netflix Cancelling so many shows? ›

Bela Bajaria, director of global programming at Netflix, explained that this was just a marketing strategy. He explains, “If you look at season twos and more, we actually have a renewal rate of 67%, which is industry standard,” Bajaria said, according to Deadline.

Does Simon still love Gemma? ›

But as the episode unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that Simon's totally and utterly obsessed with Gemma. He's stayed true to his original wedding speech (the item that Gemma gifted to Kate): "She will be everything forever.

Why did they cancel you Season 3? ›

Prior to the official announcement, lead actor Penn Badgley accidentally let slip that there would be a third season during an Entertainment Tonight interview. Production on the third season began in February 2020 but was later suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in November 2020.

What date is you Season 3 coming out? ›

Season 3 premieres October 15 on Netflix.

The new teaser welcomes Joe and Love's bundle of joy. It shows a pair of hands, presumably those of Love, making a cake for their newborn.

Has you Season 3 been Cancelled? ›

You has been renewed for a third season which will debut on October 15, 2021.

Who is Mary in Doctor Foster? ›

The ocean-shore female-lead burnout was, of course, perfected by Cagney & Lacey's Mary Beth (Tyne Daly) as a dramatic device in the early 1980s, when she worried poor Harv half to death with her disappearance. But Mary Beth, if memory serves, hung out with an annoying artist woman for a bit, then went home.

Who in life was in Dr Foster? ›

Which Doctor Foster characters appear in Life? The two Doctor Foster characters in the Life cast are Anna Baker (Victoria Hamilton), now going by the name of Belle, and her ex-husband Neil Baker (Adam James). The last time we saw either character was mid-way through Doctor Foster season two.


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