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