TV REVIEW: Doctor Foster – Season 2

It’s been two years since Doctor Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) “won” the war against her cheating ex, Simon (Bertie Carvel) and sent him slinking off to London with his mistress. She got the car, the house, their son, Tom (Tom Taylor) and all their friends and is living a pretty peaceful life. That is until a red envelope slides through the door. It’s an invitation for Tom to attend a party celebrating Simon’s marriage to Kate (Jodie Cormer). Simon has bought a massive house in Parminster and he’s back with his new family and a new business.

Now Gemma will have to face the fact that although Simon has been gone, she’s not really moved on at all and her desire to “beat” him at life may cost her absolutely everything.

I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot of the second season of Doctor Foster but not knowing what Gemma or Simon is going to do next is half the thrill of the show. What I can tell you is that it kicks off with an absolute bang and by the middle of the first episode I was sitting with my hands over my mouth again unable to believe what I was seeing.

Gemma and Simon are two people with absolutely no boundaries and their willingness to risk everything to ruin each other knows no bounds. It also takes no prisoners. The first season very much looked at the impacts of their toxic personalities and unresolved family issues on each other. This series has more of a lens on the impact their obsession with each other has on the people around them.

As their behaviour gets more and more out of control they start to see how they have damaged their son but it’s not enough to stop either of them before it’s simply too late.

If you like your drama high and your performances intense, Doctor Foster truly is the one. It’s also the biggest advert for getting some fucking therapy and moving the fuck on, that I have ever seen. Once again Jones and Carvel are completely committed and it shows. Taylor gets a lot more to do in this season and he mostly keeps pace with his older counterparts. Victoria Hamilton gets to shine as Gemma’s beleaguered neighbour, Anna. I also loved Sian Brooke as her awkward colleague, Siân.

The only thing I wasn’t on board with was Gemma’s new love interest, James (Prasanna Puwanarajah). Gemma hides none of her insanity from James and yet he is still interested in dating her. They even discuss how unhinged she is and he dismisses it. There is no explanation to why he is willing to accept that into his life and I didn’t buy it.

Highly, highly recommended. Apparently there is a murmur that there might be a third season… and I am crossing fingers and toes.

4.5/5

5 Comments

  1. I’m getting confused now. (Curse getting old!) I thought series two was on the way, but I now see that I have already watched it. Bring on series 3! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I really hope they make a third series. I think there is more story to tell. It seems Suranne Jones is just too busy though.

  2. I haven’t seen this, but it sounds good. Is this on some streaming network? These two characters sound like narcissists, only caring about their own feelings and not who they hurt around them. The only thing is, I need to see characters learn and grow over time. I was disappointed in Mad Men, because not a single one of those narcissistic characters had any growth at the end of the series. They just kept doing what they always did . . . the same things over and over expecting different results.

    1. It’s originally a BBC show and in the UK it’s available on Netflix. The main characters are definitely narcissistic and I think what you see is more layers being peeled back than actual growth. That said, there is a lot of growth from the characters around them as they start to realise who Gemma and Simon really are behind the facade.

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