Note: This article contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 11 episode 3 ‘Rosa’.
Doctor Who has received rave reviews from critics and viewers alike with a powerful episode centred on activist Rosa Parks in 1955.
The Doctor and her companions worked together to prevent Krasko (Josh Bowman) from executing his plans to change history in Alabama, but, importantly, the episode celebrates Parks (Vinette Robinson) and doesn’t take away her agency.
Written by Marjorie Blackman with showrunner Chris Chibnall, ‘Rosa’ pays tribute to the activist, with the Doctor telling her companions back in the TARDIS at the end: “In just over a year, on 21st December 1956, segregation on buses was ended.
“Life’s still hard for Rosa. She loses her job, so does her husband. It’s a struggle. But they keep fighting.
“She changed the world. In fact, she changed the universe. Look at this.”
The Doctor then opens the TARDIS doors to reveal a large asteroid.
“Asteroid 284996. Also known as Rosaparks,” she says.
What you may not have known is that the asteroid is real – Rosa did have an asteroid, Rosaparks, named after her in 2014. It was discovered in 2010.
Next week’s guest stars include Sex and the City‘s Mr Big himself, Chris Noth, plus Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati and Kick-Ass 2‘s Tanya Fear.
‘Arachnids in the UK’ comes from the pen of Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall, and the episode is directed by Sallie Aprahamian.
Doctor Who airs on Sunday nights on BBC One.
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