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Doctor Foster creator considering another spin-off after Life

Life creator Mike Bartlett may bring back another Doctor Foster character for their own spin-off series.

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Published: Tuesday, 17th November 2020 at 2:52 pm

Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett has teased a potential second spin-off from the BBC drama following the success of six-part series Life.


The writer brought back Doctor Foster character Anna Baker (Victoria Hamilton), who'd reinvented herself as Belle in Manchester, for spin-off drama Life last month, and he's thinking of doing the same for Tom Foster (Us's Tom Taylor) – Gemma and Simon Foster's missing son.

Speaking to the Daily Star's Hot TV column (via The List), Bartlett said: "I do think about Tom quite a lot. He's gone and Gemma doesn't know where. I feel I don't know the answer and Gemma doesn't know the answer. It has been left in a limbo state."

"He's out there doing something and there’s a story to be told in some way. One day I might tell that story. The characters stay alive and you come back to them."

Doctor Foster ended in 2017 with a dramatic finale which saw Tom, the troubled teenage son of Gemma (Suranne Jones) and Simon Foster (Bertie Carvel) run away from home after becoming frustrated with his feuding parents.

Bartlett recently revealed that he was "definitely done" with Doctor Foster, dismissing all hopes of a third series.

Speaking to The Sun in October, he said: "We're definitely done and we're all doing – certainly they are doing – amazing things. Each of the two series feels like two different novels to me, so it's not like there's anything incomplete.

"It would only come back if we had the right story to tell in the right way – and I don't have a burning desire to find that story."


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