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The episode of Doctor Who, “Rosa,” in which the Doctor and companions meet Rosa Parks in Montgomery Alabama in 1955, certainly highlights the appalling character of American history and culture, none of which is entirely free from the taint of racism. It is interesting not least because Doctor Who has for the most part shied away from this common time travel trope focused on one person in one moment whose experience needs to unfold as the history books foretold. To be sure, the Doctor was involved in famous fires in both Rome and London. But rarely is the focus on one famous person at one decisive moment. That makes the episode particularly interesting in relation to that broader question about whether, as the Doctor claims in this episode, “History’s very delicate,” and if so, what the implications are for the important moments we find ourselves in, the real significance of which will always be clearer from the perspective of hindsight.
The first scene shows Rosa Parks being kicked off a bus after a confrontation with the driver. Only then does the action fast forward to 12 years later, the year 1955, when Parks would do something similar, which would have a much greater effect. The Doctor, struggling to get the TARDIS to take her companions home, finds they are in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. And those who know the TARDIS will surely wonder whether she knew that the Doctor needed to be there. The Doctor detects traces of Artron energy, indicative of the presence of another time traveler, and so that needs to be investigated.
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As they navigate their way around looking for the source, there is simply no rest for the group and in particular the non-white members of it, because of the attitudes of the locals. Ryan is slapped for...
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