Doctor Who - Rosa
Doctor Who (2005) Season 11 – Episode 3
Air Date: 21st October 2018, 18:55 (GMT)
Writer: Malorie Blackman
Straight off the bat let me just say that I'm naturally inclined towards the more futuristic or overtly scientific episodes of Doctor Who - historical adventures are fine but I'm generally not one to get a kick out of historical events or figures. Meeting Rosa Parks in this adventure was interesting but when our heroes start enthusing and gushing about a person who actually existed (Sadly Mrs Parks passed away in 2005), and repeatedly pressing home how important they were, it is hard to shake off the feeling I'm sitting through a school lesson rather than indulging in some breezy escapism.
(I'll also mention I was a touch distracted throughout yesterday by meeting a lady online the who may possibly become my new girlfriend, so an argument can be made that my heart wasn't really in the viewing experience)
I want to make very clear, however, that none of my personal feelings should be allowed to tarnish the message concerning Rosa Parks herself. What she accomplished in her life was utterly awe-inspiring; we should ALL be thankful for her object lesson in how to make the world a better place. To have suffered all her life, as many Black people did and still do, only to be recognised fifty years later by a Congressional Medal of Honor...is appalling. Her name rightly deserves to live on for all time. but for something far more inspiring than a simple space rock - Let's sort that out, Humanity, eh? That we now have an episode of Doctor Who showcasing her achievement is only fitting...