Doctor Who fans are feeling fairly emotional after the latest episode, which retold the story of Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks.
Following Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and her Tardis team as they landed in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, the show explored racial segregation in America, and the historic moment when Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger.
And viewers were impressed with the decision to show black companion Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) experiencing prejudice firsthand when he was slapped across the face after trying to return a glove dropped by a white woman.
There were a lot of good moments in the new #DoctorWho, but this scene stood out to me. It's the introduction Team TARDIS has to the level of racism in 1955 Montgomery. It's both a metaphorical AND literal slap in the face. I love how the others move to defend/protect Ryan pic.twitter.com/0YNuQtKMue
Using words like “negro” and “paki” to address racism on prime time TV on a show as popular as Doctor Who is amazing. Bonus Rosa Parks too! This episode is fast becoming an all time favourite #DoctorWho
Viewers were reduced to tears by the show’s final scene, which saw Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor forced to sit quiet as she witnessed Rosa Parks’s momentous protest against racial segregation. For audiences, it was a moment that showed how one brave action could have massive consequences on history.
Explained to my girls that it was less than 79 years ago that #rosaparks made her stand. It changed everything. It’s the little things and the little people who together make #bigchanges… And now we have a female #doctorwho
In 1963, #DoctorWho was conceived as a series designed to educate children by visiting significant historical events. In 2018, millions of children are learning about the heroism of Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement through the show. A story so relevant to here and now. pic.twitter.com/Tcx5bPQ5Iy