Rosa

The word “no” is one of the smallest and yet most powerful words in the English language. It can be used gently or forcefully; it can decline a kind offer, or halt an angry reaction. It occupies a tiny space on the page, or on the breath, but when spoken with conviction, it is the single stone that turns the river.

Small decisions can change the course of history.

With equal parts concern and anticipation, we sat down to watch Doctor Who this past weekend, and see what would happen when Rosa Parks was depicted in a British science fiction television series. What tone would the episode set for one of the most iconic moments, and most important decisions, to be made in American history? What would the treatment of this most revered woman be, as interpreted by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, that could honor and respect her incredible life, while still being what viewers would expect from this entertainment franchise? How accurate — how unflinching — would the accounts of segregation be presented? And how would our principal characters react to the time, the place, and the people of historical importance, coming from their diverse and poignant identities?

Without going into detail on our individual reactions, suffice to say this: we may have just watched one of the best — and most important — episodes of Doctor Who yet broadcast.

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