“Doctor Who” just got very real.
The beloved sci-fi show about a time-travelling doctor touched on a supremely delicate subject in the latest episode of season 11. Jodie Whittaker, who stars as the first female Doctor in series history, took the audience back to Alabama in 1955.
“Doctor Who” has often incorporated historical figures, such as William Shakespeare or Adolf Hitler, but the tone is usually more comedic. That is not the case with Sunday’s episode when the Doctor meets renowned civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
The episode features a time-travelling white supremacist named Krasko, who tries to interfere with Parks’ historic refusal to give up her bus seat.
Authentic and uncomfortable scenes of racism litter the episode but the show’s heroes are unable to interfere out of fear of changing the future. The characters are forced to witness the horrible way Parks is treated, unable to aid here, knowing her courage will spark a civil rights movement.
“Doctor Who” airs Sundays.