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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.

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"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?

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Critic Reviews for Rosa

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

Oct 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.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The episode is in-keeping with Doctor Who's new trend for opening up discussions surrounding gender, disability, and now race, with hopefully many more progressive themes in the upcoming installments of Series 11.

Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…

More good than bad, that's for sure, and while I wouldn't want all of my Doctor Who this blatantly educational, it was fine for a rare example.

Jan 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | 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.

Jan 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.

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

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

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

"Rosa" is an episode about witnessing. The Tradis crew and the audience by proxy are not allowed to look away from this terrible chapter of human history.

Dec 10, 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.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…