Oh, the story of it! Not only does our unsafe adventurer stop in America at Doctor Who Season 11 Episode…
Oh, the story of it! Not only does our unsafe adventurer stop in America at Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 3 but they land on the threshold of one of the biggest events in the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Park’s bus protocol.
There has been a lot of speculation about the fact that our thirteenth doctor is supposed to hark back to the first doctor portrayed by William Hartnell from 1963 to 1965. With the looky job done by David Bradley in the twelfth to thirteenth regeneration event, Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 14, it was not hard to see the signs.
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9659002] The companion’s trio is a hint for the first incarnation of The Doctor. The first doctor traveled with his grandchild and two school teachers and their adventures often took them to historical events, a pedagogic byproduct for children glued to the show.
Who takes us to the thirteenth doctor and HER trio of companions in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, Rosa Parks meets the flesh.
For those unaware, Companion Ryan is BLACK and blatant, institutionalized and widely accepted racism of the time that welcomes him to Montgomery is incredibly hard to watch.
Specifically, Ryan gets rid of a white man and threatened with lynching to dare to return a lost glove to her husband’s wife. Ryan and Yaz are also identified as unwanted in a restaurant, although Ryan manages it with a little white.
Waitress: We do not earn negro.
Ryan: Bra. Because I do not eat them.
It’s an episode of extreme heights and low for Ryan. As he follows Rosa Parks for more information, she allows him to serve coffee at the meeting taking place in her home. There he shakes his hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the star-stared look on his face is just amazing.
We have not seen any evidence of Ryson’s chronic clumsy since the fact was introduced to Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 1. I predict that it will be important eventually is nice that it is not his defining characteristic, but I actually expected him to play coffee at Dr. King.
Ryan even has to sink baddie with a foreign weapon. It is of course not a doctor-approved tactic, but Ryan begins to develop into an action-first kind of personality.
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(I’m honestly surprised that there was no further follow-up from the doctor on unauthorized use of temporary displacement weapons in view of her great anti- pistol mode at Doctor Who Season 11 Episode 2 but it may come later.)
At the same time, his discussion with Yaz discusses the world of world they come from driving the fact that racism is still a problem today. However, Yaz drives a more optimistic perspective.
I can be a police now because people like Rosa Parks fought for these battles for me. For us. And in fifty and three years, they will have a black president as leaders. Who knows where they will be fifty years after that? That’s the right change.
Graham and Yaz also prove to be incredibly effective companions. Graham’s actual approach is refreshing, although the gap between him and the other two plays a lot for comedy effect.
I appreciate that I’ve all bought this adventure and really love Graham to ask the questions I ask when I’m watching. For example, when checking into the motel, I wondered, as Graham did, why they did not return to TARDIS
After kicking out of the restaurant, I wondered if they had eaten anything since landing. Graham cleaned it too. Graham: We will stop elsewhere to eat it happens a lot? I need regular food.
A good baddie is always exciting to see. Krasko is about a 7/10 in that regard. He is smart and incredibly motivated by his racism (?). He has planned his “history nudge” well and goes out in front of the team on almost every turn. He also has an incredibly threatening appearance.
He loses the marks of being a Terrorist shot with his temporary displacement weapon. And what happens to climbing the tank when he chased the team? It’s not like they were so hidden where they were.
Maybe he was busy to cover because he could not hurt them? Same as showing up on Rosa’s way home. So much lurking and creep factor but no real reason to be there.
He obviously takes many toys and goodies to the table. He not only carries the temporal displacement weapon, but he is wearing a swirl manipulator just like Captain Jack Harkness (SQUEEE!).
The doctor also notes his wrist tattoos that identify him as a prisoner of Stormcage Prison (where Rier Song was also imprisoned … kind). It gives him a chance to humbly brag about his crimes.
Doctor: What were you for the first time?
Krasko: If I say it can color your view on me. I was young. Nobody was injured. Well, a few people were killed. Some hundred people, thousand peaks. Two thousand.
What can not be answered at all (mostly because Ryan sings him in the past) is how an interstitial sociopath will fix the American civil court’s movement as the beginning of his problem. Your thoughts on this would be very welcome. I’m stumped.
Historically, the villain of this story James Blake, or “Blake the Snake” as Grace used to call him, the bus driver who called the police at Rosa when she would not give up her seat.
His depiction here is brilliant without being brutal. As a driver, he is clear about the letter in the law he maintains but what really impressed me was the fact that he immediately gave up his fishing holiday to go back to driving when he heard that black people would put a sit-in on his bus that night.
That, my friends, is an engaged racist.
And it’s not like he’s alone. Montgomery, Alabama 1955 does nothing to appeal to the feelings of a modern audience. The script does not take any kind. Quite literally.
From the man who attacks Ryan, to pub staff, to Office Mason, the attitudes and actions of the citizens express themselves as being a product of racism in its most unprotected, unfortunate state.
Contrary to their cowardly hatred and ignorance, Rosa Park’s courage is in his conviction and reinforced by his faith in education and an example.
Education makes you unstoppable.
There is so much to pay attention to when watching Doctor Who online. The authors build ongoing tips on the ultimate conflict of the season while throwing easter eggs for classical Whovians. It simply goes a lot and the pace does not release a bit.
At the same time, it is clear that they are not afraid to change things a little. Not only did the premiere have any intro at all, but “Rosa” ends without the traditional Doctor Who outro music, which is a clear deviation from the routine.
Instead, Second Day’s “Rise Up” plays in the background when Rosa Parks is arrested and taken from the bus and then plays over the credits as well (after the Doctor’s Little History Section).
How is this new doctor’s style sitting with you? Are the changes refreshing or annoying?
Should we pay for more Stenza shenanigans or do you think Krasko will soon become a member of our happy crew? And, on a controversial note, Ryan simply made “Weeping Angel” Krasko with that tube or what?
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