There was a lot of emotion during last night’s episode of ‘Doctor Who’ (episode three of season eleven), which saw the titular character, played by Jodie Whittaker, travel back to 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, where she witnesses the momentous incident of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat.

The episode saw the Doctor, Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yaz (Mandip Gill), and Graham (Bradley Walsh) be silent witnesses to Rosa’s act of protest as the former insists they let history and the heroic act unfold as it is meant to: “We have to, I’m sorry, we have to not help her.”

The episode also sees Ryan and Yaz experience bigotry and discuss the racism they still face in 21st century England.

A number of viewers took to Twitter to celebrate the accomplishments of the episode, with many admitting that it provoked tears.

One Tweeter called the episode “bold, unflinching storytelling” while another called it “a brilliant episode, and gorgeous writing from Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall.”

Others talked about how the episode touched them personally and how it challenged viewers in a good way.












‘Doctor Who’ continues next Sunday on BBC One at 7pm.