Doctor Who - Season 11, Episode 3 - Rotten Tomatoes


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?


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…

As a show, Doctor Who can vary in intent, execution, and subject matter from episode to episode, and for a brief aside into serious territory, 'Rosa' was engaging and interesting.

January 14, 2019 | Full Review…

On the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War, as nationalism and its dire consequences are once again in the forefront of our thoughts, it's hard to fathom a more fitting episode.

January 8, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

The episode is a reflection on how small actions do change the course of history.

January 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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