Doctor Who - Season 11, Episode 3 - Rotten Tomatoes
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Critic Consensus: First time Doctor Who writer Malorie Blackman pens an insightful installment that returns the show to its educational roots and serves as a reminder of how powerful purposeful science fiction can be.

Episode Info

"If she can live here her whole life, a couple of hours ain't gonna kill me. They ain't gonna kill me, right?" Montgomery, Alabama. 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder: is someone attempting to change history?

Cast

Jodie Whittaker
as The Doctor
Pearl Mackie
as Bill Potts
Matt Lucas
as Nardole
Vinette Robinson
as Rosa Parks
Trevor White
as James Blake
Richard Lothian
as Mr Steele
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Critic reviews for Rosa

This is going to be remembered as one of the greatest episodes from the show, and after 37 seasons, that's quite the feat. This is a new era of Doctor Who, and we're here for it.

October 25, 2018 | Full Review…

I couldn't quibble with the sentiment, just the execution.

October 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The result is a series that, for all the presence of a woman in the role, feels closer to the show's original purpose than it has for a long time.

October 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Right around the time I realized the Doctor and her companions weren't going to take over Rosa Parks' story, but guard the timeline so she could simply carry on as the hero she always was, I started to cry.

November 8, 2018 | Full Review…

I really shouldn't have worried; sharing the writing credit with Chibnall for this episode was Malorie Blackman, author of Noughts and Crosses. Rosa's story was in safe hands, my friends.

October 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It is refreshing for the long-running show to offer some vital social commentary - not just on the past but also issues today.

October 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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