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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 21 October 2018 at 1:02pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

PLOT: The Doctor and her companions arrive in Alabama, circa 1955. They are there to ensure Rosa Parks makes history. But an enemy is there to disrupt things.

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For a 50-minute episode, it did fit a lot in. And it did it well. It was thoughtful, slow-burning and very satisfying.

After the bombastic RTD/Moffatt era, where there was often a lot of Scooby-style running about, a more pedestrian approach is welcome. On that basis, the episode worked well.

Jodie Whittaker continues to impress me, the foursome dynamic is giving me something different, and there were great guest stars, including Vinette Robinson as Rosa Parks and Trevor White as the bus driver, James Blake. 

Three episodes in, it's quite a contrast to the RTD/Moffat era, where everything had to be loud, brash, bombastic, fast-moving, etc. More thoughtful and quiet/slower stories work better for me, especially one with a historic angle. Of course, there's a scene in this at the end (I'm sure you can guess which one) that made me smile and think of history.

Really good stuff. Let's hope it continues.


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Posted: 21 October 2018 at 3:14pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I really liked this episode. It was thoughtful, well paced, well acted and had a villain who was smart and one step ahead of The Doctor. The villain's motivation was sadly all too realistic when it was revealed.
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Posted: 21 October 2018 at 3:28pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I'll say this as well, Robbie, it reminded me of episodes of Quantum Leap.
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Good point, Mr. McPhee.

I do have two minor criticisms.

I don't think the villain needed to be in the episode. I think it could all have worked so well without the villain. In a way, he felt superfluous now I've had time to reflect.

And would it really have been that hard for the Doctor to find out exactly which bus route Rosa Parks was on?

Those are pedantic complaints of mine, though, so ignore them. ;-)


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Posted: 21 October 2018 at 4:59pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I was more concerned the villain was going to take a RTD/Moffat twist, and be part of some larger plan. As it was, he was just a thug, albeit one with advanced technology who thought he could disrupt history.


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Posted: 22 October 2018 at 12:26am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I also hope we never see him again.....
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Posted: 22 October 2018 at 12:43am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

First decent episode this season in my opinion. The
Stormcage and wrist device are intriguing links to
previous seasons.Sadly i have just seen a news story
(with video evidence) of a racist twat on a Ryanair
flight verbally abusing an old black lady sitting next
to him.It annoyed me that they moved HER, instead of
removing him from the flight altogether.

I wonder if next week`s episode has links to Metebelis
3?
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Posted: 22 October 2018 at 3:00am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

After the previous 'solid but unspectacular' episodes,
this one really raised the bar, I thought it was
sensitively handled, touching, and funny (loved the
Banksy gags)

Again, like the pilot episode, the scifi elements
seemed to get in the way from the story - which is an
odd feeling in Dr Who.
It probably would have worked better without the
villain, whose existence and motivations were...
sketchy. And to call him one dimensional would be
complimentary to say the least!


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Posted: 22 October 2018 at 3:51am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Really liked this one.  Was really impressed by how scary they were able to make something as earthbound as racism, or 1950's Mississippi.  The tighter focus on characters they've adopted worked well to transmit the horror of it all.  Also, it's striking how powerful a portrayal of actual historical courage is relative to "action movie" courage.

The villain did seem to be mostly a McGuffin in this one, though I liked his "your kind" crack.  By his reaction, I think that Ryan got that he meant "humans."  Subtle, and a nicely resonant to the story. 

The topical jokes were good. I have a deep belief that Sinatra would have totally done the Doctor a favor.  Pity this was filmed before the Banksy shredding incident. I feel like that could have been worked in for an on-subtext laugh.
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Someone I know has criticised this episode for focusing on history and a real historical event.

And yet this person once complained DR WHO wasn't doing enough history and too much "travelling to alien planets".

The show can't win at times.
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Posted: 22 October 2018 at 4:21am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I found the Doctor's repeated suggestions that she was Banksy hilarious.
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I just took the villain to be a far flung future racist who thought he could distort history, as he blamed that moment on the bus with Rosa Parks.

Of course, their are some who are speculating he is The Master really.
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Really? He didn`t seem smart enough to be The Master!
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British show does story about Rosa Parks, a distinct moment in American history.

Isn’t that “cultural appropriation”?

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Really? He didn`t seem smart enough to be The Master!

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That was my thoughts as well. I think he was a done in one to get the plot moving and facilitate the Doctor getting involved with Rosa Parks.
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Greg, also The Master may re-generate as a person of
colour, so changing the future would be a detrimental
step.
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J.B. wrote "Isn’t that “cultural appropriation”?

I hate that term! Without it, we`d be living in the dark
ages still!
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I thought - for about 2 seconds, mind you - that he might be the Meddling Monk.


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Greg, also The Master may re-generate as a person of 
colour, so changing the future would be a detrimental 
step.

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Bill, true. Sometimes people can't accept certain things at face value.
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British show does story about Rosa Parks, a distinct moment in American history.
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Interestingly, the episode was filmed in South Africa.
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"Bill, true. Sometimes people can't accept certain
things at face value"

I think people are looking for Davies/Moffatt style
things that may or may not be there under the new
Chibnall regime!
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On an unrelated note - I'm surprised that three episodes
in (where the characters now all know they're in a time
machine) and no one has demanded they go back and rescue
'Nan' from episode 1.
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Jim, maybe that`s a future episode? They have kept their
cards close to their chest`s regarding the series as a
whole, no reveal of episode titles etc.
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 Jim Muir wrote:
On an unrelated note - I'm surprised that three episodes in (where the characters now all know they're in a time machine) and no one has demanded they go back and rescue 'Nan' from episode 1.

Mr Muir, heed the words of the First Doctor:

"You can't rewrite history. Not one line!"

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On an unrelated note - I'm surprised that three episodes 
in (where the characters now all know they're in a time 
machine) and no one has demanded they go back and rescue 
'Nan' from episode 1.

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Considering that the companions only discover that the Doctor has a time machine at the end of episode 2 and they have their first adventure in the past while attempting to get home at the beginning of episode 3, there really wasn't much time for that conversation. Either the Doctor has already explained things off-screen or the full ramifications of being in a time machine hadn't sunken in yet.
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