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Set just prior to Rosa Parks' arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger, this story dealt with heavy themes, and included blatant depictions of racism, mainly directed at the Doctor's companions Ryan and Yaz.
Attempting to return home to Sheffield, the TARDIS instead drops the Thirteenth Doctor and friends in 1955 Alabama, where somebody is planning on meddling with time. Meeting seamstress Rosa Parks, the Doctor and her friends must work together to correct the flow of time and keep events in order before things go horribly wrong.
It is 1943, Alabama in America. Rosa Parks is boarding a bus on her way home from work. She pays the fee but the bus driver demands she go around and get on the bus by the rear side entrance, given "coloured" people are forced to sit at the back while white people sit at the front. She refuses, leading the bus driver to force her from the bus, close the doors and drive off without her.
In 1955, the Thirteenth Doctor lands her TARDIS in Alabama, remarking to Graham, Ryan and Yaz that their location is not Sheffield as planned for the ninth time. Graham corrects her it was the fourteenth attempt. However, the Doctor deduces they have come to their new location - Alabama - as there is artron energy soaking up the city.
Exiting the TARDIS, they wander around, the Doctor scanning the surroundings with her sonic screwdriver for traces of artron. While walking, a woman drops her glove. Ryan notices, picks it up and goes to return it to her. Upon touching her arm, the woman's husband, Mr Steele, strikes Ryan in the face, warning Ryan not to touch his wife again. The Doctor, Graham and Yaz race to help. Mr Steele insults Ryan, the Doctor recalling the racial discrimination present in America against coloured people. Graham defends Ryan, who remarks he was only returning the glove. Disgusted by Graham being Ryan's grandfather, Steele begins to escalate the situation when Rosa Parks interjects, calming the man by promising to have his new suit tailored for him soon. With that, Mr Steele departs with his wife. The group thank Rosa, who proceeds to chide them, telling them how people like Ryan and herself are discriminated, baffled the group do not recall what happened to Emmett Till.
Rosa leaves, the Doctor quickly scanning her, finding artron energy is flooding around her. Meanwhile, Krasko finds the Doctor's TARDIS. Unable to get in, he blasts it with an energy weapon only to find it further shielded. Disgruntled, he leaves it be.
Elsewhere, the Doctor and the gang convene at Slim's Bar. There, Ryan and Yaz discuss learning about Rosa Parks at school, awed by the fact she refused to give up her seat on a bus on 1 December 1955, resulting in her arrest and the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott, an event that led to the end of racial segregation on public transport in America. Reading a newspaper, the Doctor corrects them that Rosa has yet to commit her act of; the date in question is tomorrow. Concerned, the group wonder what to do. However, Graham notes how silent the diner has become. Looking around, the other customers are staring at them. A waitress walks over, stating to Ryan they don't serve "negroes" or "Mexicans" (referring to Yaz). Realising the diner also enforces racial segregation, the group leave, disgusted. Ryan complains that he has travelled in time to the one place he is hated most in time.
Searching, the group find hidden technology in a warehouse. Scanning it, the Doctor finds it is from the far future, meaning another time traveler is present. On cue, Krasko comes in and starts firing at them with his temporal weapon. The group flee outside as materials in the room disappear in time.
The group take refuge at a whites-only motel instead, where the Doctor proceeds to write on the wall to figure out their problems, to Graham's protests. However, they were followed by a police officer, who knocks on the door. Locking Ryan and Yaz in the bathroom (as they are not legally allowed to be there) the officer comes in, searching the room as the Doctor and Graham make up a story that they are inventors pitching a new idea while in town as their reason for being there. Unconvinced, the officer enters the bathroom but Ryan and Yaz are gone. Disgruntled, he leaves. Outside the back, Ryan and Yaz ar hidden behind a dumpster, both irritated they have to hide because of their their skin colour. Ryan remarks how it is worse than back home, where he says he is stopped while driving more than his white friends. Yaz agress, noting how some people calls her a "Paki" and terrorist for going to a Mosque. The Doctor and Graham return, calling them back in.
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- The Doctor - Jodie Whittaker
- Graham O'Brien - Bradley Walsh
- Ryan Sinclair - Tosin Cole
- Yasmin Khan - Mandip Gill
- Rosa Parks - Vinette Robinson
- Krasko - Joshua Bowman
- James Blake - Trevor White
- Mr Steele - Richard Lothian
- Waitress - Jessica Claire Preddy
- Police Officer Mason - Gareth Marks
- Raymond Parks - David Rubin
- Martin Luther King - Ray Sesay
- Fred Gray - Aki Omoshaybi
- Elias Griffin Jr - David Dukas
- Arthur - Morgan Deare
|Executive Producers Matt Strevens and Chris Chibnall|
|Co-executive producer(s) Sam Hoyle|
|Series Producer Nikki Wilson|
|General production staff|
|Camera and lighting department||Costume|
Hair and make-up
|Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.|
- The Doctor has lent a mobile phone to Elvis, who in turn lends the device to Frank Sinatra, against the Doctor's wishes.
- Some people at Slim's Bar plays pool. Later, Graham and Blake plays.
- The Doctor teases herself as the identity of Banksy.
- Yaz is revealed to be a practicing Muslim of Pakistani descent. The waitress at Slim's Bar thinks she's Mexican.
- The body of Emmett Till was found in a river in Mississippi after a couple of words to a white woman.
- When Ryan teases Yaz, she tells him she will use him as a piñata if he keeps doing it.
- Rosa mentions she had to put her teacher plans on hold to care for her sick mother and grandmother.
- Krasko's suitcase has the initials G. F. B. on it.
- The Doctor calls Krasko by the name Brando during their first encounter.
- When the Doctor points out Krasko's carelessness with artron energy, Krasko asks if she's the "Artron Police".
- Yaz once snuck into a room belonging to Danny Biswas.
- Graham is worried about the Doctor vandalising the wall of the motel.
- Rosa Parks is a seamstress.
- Graham identifies himself under the false name of Steve Jobs to a policeman.
- Grace O'Brien had a T-shirt that said "The Spirit of Rosa".
- Remembering what she gets called, Yaz refers to herself as South Asian-Mexican on the bus.
- Krasko was imprisoned at the Stormcage Containment Facility. He has an identifier tattoo on his wrist.
- Slim's Bar advertised for Roy Drusky.
- Graham calls James Blake "Jim", Ryan calls him "Jimmy Blake".
- On the newspaper Yaz searches, the names of several people are mentioned.
- An advertisement slates the Downtown, Montgomery Christmas Parade as 15 December.
- Yaz states that 53 years in the future, America will have a black leader as president.
- The Doctor and friends arrive on Wednesday, 30 November 1955, one day before Rosa Parks made history. On Thursday, 1 December, she refuses to give up her seat, and Rosa is arrested for sitting in a "whites only" section of the bus.
- The Montgomery Bus Boycott begins on the following Monday, 5 December 1955.
- On 21 December 1956, the racial segregation of buses in Montgomery ends.
- The Civil Rights Movement was led by Martin Luther King.
- In 1999, Bill Clinton gives Rosa Parks the Congressional Medal for her services to the advancement of black people's rights in America. Present also at the ceremony is George H. W. Bush.
- The Doctor calls their mission Operation Rosa Parks.
- Based on the device's settings, the Doctor thinks that Krasko sent his suitcase to the 79th century with his displacement weapon.
Derogatory terms Edit
- Yaz has previously been called a "Paki" and a "terrorist".
- Black people are often referred to, in 1955 Alabama, as "negroes" or "coloureds". Mason refer to Ryan and Yaz as "mongrels"
Foods and beverages Edit
- Slim's Bar sells Knickerbocker Glory with Dairy Cream. They also sell carrot fudge for 25 cents.
- Advertisements on a bus mention cottage cheese.
- There are advertisements of top quality meats.
- There are also advertisements for egg nog.
- Blake drinks beer.
- An advertisement mention corned beef.
- Dr King is the minister at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
- The stop where Rosa is arrested is by the Empire Theatre.
- The TARDIS lands in an alley next to Jefferson Drug Store. On the window of the store it reads L. Brian & Partners.
- The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan visit Slim's Bar, part of Kimberley Hotel.
- The group stay at Sahara Springs Motel.
- The cover of a Montgomery City Lines Inc. bus timetable shows stops Bainbridge St. and Cleveland Ave..
- An August 1954 telephone directory lists phone numbers for parts of Montgomery, including the areas of Young Place, Greenacres, Ridgefield and Hillwood.
- Rosa lives on Cleveland Court.
- A map of Montgomery shows that it is located on the Alabama River.
- James Blake goes fishing at Mill Creek.
- The Doctor tells Elias Griffin Jr he's won an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, to see Frank Sinatra.
- "Bus Stop" notices says City Bus Line tickets are good for transportation on all schedules available from Montgomery Transport Offices and Bus Terminals.
- The Doctor takes her companions to see Asteroid 284996, named "Rosaparks".
- Goods advertised outside Slim's Bar include Pressburg, RPW Motor Oils, and Sampson Liquors.
- Rosa works at Montgomery Fair Department Store.
- An advertisement in the paper sells "eye glasses".
- Advertisements on the bus and the papers mention S. Painter.
- Advertisements on the bus talk of a special purchase of golfing outfits.
- Advertisements on the bus also mention a book publisher.
- As Ryan follows her, Rosa thinks he is a spy for the police or the FBI.
- Rosa says Ryan might be a good recruit for the Youth Council.
- An advertisement at Slim's Bar mentions Wills's "Gold Flake" cigarettes.
- The Doctor and Yaz tells Elias he's won the Raffle of the Century.
- The TARDIS has its force shield up.
- Krasko has a vortex manipulator and a temporal displacement weapon.
- Krasko recognises the Doctor's "blue box" in the alley as a TARDIS, and thinks that it might be worth a lot of money.
- The Doctor has a special pen that writes text that can be vanished with a sonic device.
- Upon leaving Stormcage, Krasko had a neural restrictor implanted into his brain, preventing the criminal from inflicting harm on others.
- Graham claims he and the Doctor are pitching a 21st century mobile phone as an invention.
Story notes Edit
- This episode came with a warning on iPlayer subtitles that: "In this episode, there are familiar prejudices to face for the Doctor's friends."
- Rosa, along with The Ghost Monument, was filmed in South Africa in January 2018, with Out of Africa Entertainment, a local production company.
- Notably, this episode was co-written by the first woman of colour to write a script for Doctor Who, Malorie Blackman.
- This was the first televised story since The Day of the Doctor in 2013 to feature a real world historical figure.
- The episode didn't feature the Doctor Who theme over the ending credits, replacing it instead with "Rise Up" by Andra Day, the same song used in the sequence of Rosa's arrest. It is the second episode to not feature the Doctor Who theme in the ending credits, following Part Four of Earthshock, but the first to have another piece playing over it.
- The song Woke Up This Morning by The Freedom Singers plays in the beginning of the episode.
- Ryan's response when told that the diner doesn't serve "negroes" is "Good, because I don't eat them", a quote from the real life Muhammad Ali.
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Production errors Edit
- Olga FitzRoy's name is incorrectly written in the end credits as 'Olga FitxRoy'.
- When Ryan is forced to use the back door of the bus, he enters using the backdoor, but behind him we see the inside of the front of the bus.
- Krasko has a vortex manipulator. (TV: The Empty Child, Utopia) The Doctor comments that it is "cheap and nasty time travel", resembling her eleventh incarnation's view of the device. (TV: The Big Bang) Missy also referred to it as such. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice)
- Krasko was imprisoned in the Stormcage Containment Facility. River Song was also imprisoned there. (TV: Flesh and Stone/The Time of Angels, The Pandorica Opens, The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, A Good Man Goes to War)
- Ryan recalls his grandmother, Grace O'Brien's, death. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)
- Yaz remarks on how dangerous it is for her and Ryan to walk around Alabama given their racial ethnicity. Martha Jones held similar reservations in Elizabethan England, (TV: The Shakespeare Code) as did Bill Potts in the Regency era. (TV: Thin Ice)
- The Doctor mentions how the TARDIS feeds on artron energy. (TV: Four to Doomsday, The Doctor's Wife, et al.)
- The Doctor remarks how she intended to return Graham, Ryan and Yaz to Sheffield. (TV: The Ghost Monument)
- The TARDIS shows events from history in a similar way to the Time-Space Visualiser. (TV: The Chase)
- The Doctor is still not used to being addressed as a woman. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth, The Ghost Monument)
- Yaz remarks on how years later there is a black president. (TV: The End of Time)
- Graham discovers he was a part of the original history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, similar to how Donna Noble and the Tenth Doctor became part of events when causing the volcanic eruption at Pompeii. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii)
- The Doctor has encountered time travellers attempting to alter history before. (TV: The Time Meddler)
- Graham refers to the Doctor as "Doc" several times. Unlike her first, (TV: The Five Doctors) ninth, (TV: The Doctor Dances) and tenth incarnations (TV: Dreamland) the Thirteenth Doctor does not seem annoyed by the abbreviation.
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