Coronation Street regular Tommy Duckworth faces another big dilemma in upcoming episodes as Tina McIntyre tells him that she wants to keep Gary and Izzy's baby son.
Tommy is eager to reunite with Tina (Michelle Keegan) now that the surrogacy dramas seem to be nearing an end. However, when an emotional Tina decides that she wants to keep the child she carried for seven months, can Tommy bring himself to support her?
Here, Chris Fountain - who plays Tommy - gives his character's take on the latest storyline twist.
How are things between Tommy and Tina at the moment?
"Much better than they have been. Tommy is really thinking that things are getting back to the way they were and that Tina might be ready to take him back. It's not that simple obviously, but he is more hopeful than he has been in a long time."
How would you describe Tommy's feelings for Tina?
"Tommy is completely in love with Tina - for him there is no-one else. He knows he messed up losing her, but he just couldn't cope with everything. They had only just started their relationship when Terry turned up causing them all the debt and drug problems.
"Then Tina went into the surrogacy to get them out of that mess and he couldn't handle it, but being without her is not something Tommy really wants to contemplate."
After going through the birth together, could Tommy and Tina be brought closer again?
"Yes. They were getting closer anyway, but this experience is very moving, especially because of what has happened between Izzy and Gary, and Tina feeling worried about their relationship."
Does Tommy wish it was their own baby Tina was giving birth to?
"In the very early days before she went ahead with the surrogacy, Tommy had tried to tell Tina that he wanted children with her. Obviously it would be much less complicated if it was their baby, but Tommy is much more able to see clearly that the baby is nothing to do with him or Tina. To him, it's obvious as he is not emotionally attached."
Tina becomes concerned about the row between Gary and Izzy and whether they are fit to bring up the baby. Does Tommy share similar concerns?
"Well, Tommy was the one who first realised that Gary had feelings for Tina, so he is angry that this situation is now upsetting Tina. He is also starting to worry about what is going to happen with the baby if Gary and Izzy are not together. It's becoming obvious that it's not as simple as just handing the baby over now."
How worried is Tommy about Tina's obvious growing attachment to the baby?
"Tommy has always been worried that this would happen, even when Tina was first thinking about it. He was the one who thought much more about how she would cope with having to give the baby up, while she seemed to push those thoughts to one side as she was so intent on having the baby.
"Now that's it happening, Tommy is just determined to do the right thing by Tina, so he tells her that he will stand by her whatever she decides to do. He is obviously hoping she will make the right decision, but he has grown up a lot over the past year and is more mature so he isn't going to put a foot wrong."
Would Tommy really be prepared to bring up this baby with Tina?
"Yes I think he would be, but he would still want to try to persuade Tina that not only is it another man's baby, but it's not her baby either. They would lose the flat, they would have to pay back the money - there is such a lot at stake, not least taking a child off his biological parents.
"Tommy knows that Izzy and Gary are having problems, but he sees that as something they need to sort out and doesn't think that keeping the baby is the answer."
How have you been finding this storyline?
"It's great to be involved in such a big storyline, although we have been spending a lot of time in the hospital set! It's good to be working with Michelle again."
What response have you had from the public?
"The public just seem to want Tina and Tommy to get back together, so now that this is looking more likely, the response is great. People do seem to care about them as a couple."
What do you hope the future has in store for Tommy and Tina?
"I'd love to see them have a chance of making a go of it as a couple, but with Michelle due to leave next May, time is ticking on that!"
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