Series 11 - Episode 3 Rosa



The Doctor and her friends land in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, hours before seamstress Rosa Parks lights a fire under the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on the bus for a white person.

It is, of course, one of the great turning points in history, where the actions of just one person triggered a convulsive change for good. But someone wants to stop it, someone wants to alter time to keep things, bad things, just as they are. So the gang must play their part to ensure events remain exactly as they should be to allow Rosa (Vinette Robinson) her defining moment.

It’s an odd episode, co-written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, that’s preachy and teachy, giving itself the hard task of explaining segregation, racism and the Montgomery bus boycott to a young audience. So it loses its way as a bit of tea-time fun and becomes more of a lecture.


The Doctor takes her companions on their first journey back in time - to the dangerous, racially segregated world of Alabama in the 1950s. They encounter one of the era's heroes, black civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks, but also discover a plot to change the course of history. Vinette Robinson (Sherlock, The A Word) guest stars in an episode by children's author Malorie Blackman.

Cast & Crew

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
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
Waitress Jessica Claire Preddy
Director Mark Tonderai
Executive Producer Chris Chibnall
Executive Producer Matt Strevens
Series Producer Nikki Wilson
Writer Malorie Blackman
Writer Chris Chibnall
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