Last night saw the series two finale of BBC thriller Doctor Foster, with Suranne Jones’ troubled GP finally making some sort of peace with her ex-husband Simon (Bertie Carvel) when she prevented him from killing himself.
But in the final moments of the emotional episode, there was one last twist when it emerged that the pair’s son Tom (Tom Taylor) had run away to start a new life, leaving Gemma bereft and alone at the series’ close.
Many fans were blown away by the episode, taking to Twitter to extol its virtues (as well as the series as a whole).
Spent majority of that episode with my heart in my stomach. As much as Simon is a prick, felt rather sad for him. Poor Tom too #DoctorFoster
— Tinderella (@tinderellagenda) October 3, 2017
#DoctorFoster omg such a powerful reminder to look at what is in front of you and not behind. Excellent!
— janine (@janine53358451) October 4, 2017
What an ending. Unimaginable torture for a parent. #DoctorFoster
— DrivingMissDaisy (@MeesyTheMinxy) October 3, 2017
Still emotionally wrung out from #DoctorFoster. Cleverly done – while we expected fireworks from Gemma or Simon the drama came from Tom
— Purple Reigns ???? (@Mummy_Central) October 4, 2017
— luciecave (@luciecave) October 4, 2017
how thought provoking was #DoctorFoster all so into the story (viewers included), everyone forgot the influence on the child. wow. powerful.
— Nicole (@UnitedSheStands) October 4, 2017
However, not all responses were so positive. In fact, it seems that just as many viewers thought the finale was absolute codswallop.
#DoctorFoster God, if Gemma ran him over in the first 60 seconds we could all have watched something else
— Call me Lord Bailey (@choclab123) October 3, 2017
— Emily Haynes (@Heinzy94) October 3, 2017
What an awful ending to a brilliant series! Should have left it at season 1! #DoctorFoster
— su (@saranleech) October 4, 2017
#DoctorFoster I invested 5 weeks of my life for that ending?! I want a refund!!!
— Katie Turner (@MrsKTTurner) October 4, 2017
This entire series of #DoctorFoster has been implausible, cringeworthy, preposterous codswallop. My God it's been disappointing
— Sarah Carson (@carsonsarah) October 3, 2017
— Richard K Hornsey (@richardkhornsey) October 3, 2017
And this divide was reflected in RadioTimes.com’s own Twitter poll, which saw 40 per cent of viewers loving the finale and 60 per cent describing it as “terrible”. Truly, this is a divided nation.
Were you satisfied with the #DoctorFoster finale?
— Radio Times (@RadioTimes) October 3, 2017
Still, amongst all these differences of opinion it’s good to know there’s one thing that could unite everyone – making the same awkward joke about how there should be a Doctor Foster/The Missing crossover for series three, as the Fosters and Baptiste track down the errant Tom together.
— PJR ⭐ (@paul_j_reid) October 4, 2017
— Rt Hon Nigel Anthony Smith (@toastofworcesta) October 4, 2017
— Lynney© (@ ????) (@lynney1972) October 3, 2017
— Sereena Gill (@sereenagill_) October 3, 2017
— Tom Precious (@tom_precious) October 3, 2017
— Paul David Chambers #FBPE (@MannersCost) October 3, 2017
— Pam Rostron (@GottaBake) October 3, 2017
— Sam Joseph Thompson (@sjtommo) October 3, 2017
— Dan Bentley (@DPBentley) October 3, 2017
— Katie Knowles (@Pagey167) October 3, 2017
See? We’re not so different after all.