Yes, it was. The Rosa Parks’ story was something to watch. What do you think about the third episode of series 11?
Sometimes, to become witness of historical events and let the history unfold itself can be pretty hard. But not that hard as correcting the deviations (when the events are influenced by another temporal travel that wants the history changed) into a manner that makes the involved persons very familiar.
Initially, when the Doctor Who started in 1963, one of its purposes was to teach the young men watching the show history. The first two episodes of this new season where full with action, they wanted to introduce the new Doctor and her companions as direct the writers could, but the third episode returned to one of the firsts ideas of the show.
The episode takes place in Mongomery, Alabama, USA, in the year 1955, the Christian era, a time when the segregation of “negros” (colored men) was still law, with all the unpleasant effects that accompanied it. The seamstress Rosa Parks was involved in the fight of black men against segregation, and her arrent because a very stupid reason (she was seated on a place in a bus reserved for the white people) made people protests. That protests made, eventually, segregation to dissapear in the United States.
It’s a good episode, with clear rules and subject, withe Doctor’s companions helping equally in solving the current problem, because the discrimination still exists and it requires a continuous effort to eliminate. Also, the episode explains pretty good how the discrimination manifests and how you should react to it.
Directed by Mark Tonderai, written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall.
Cast: Bradley Walsh (Graham), Trevor White (James Blake), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Josh Bowman (Krasko), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Morgan Deare (Arthur), David Dukas (Elias Griffin JR), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Mark Hugh-Williams (Bus Driver – as Mark Williams), Richard Lothian (Mr. Steele), Gareth Marks (Police Officer Mason), Aki Omoshaybi (Fred Gray), Jessica Preddy (Waitress), Vinette Robinson (Rosa Parks), David Rubin (Raymond Parks), Ray Sesay (Martin Luther King), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Trevor White (James Blake).
Next episode, Arachnids in the UK: The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.
Pearl Mackie offers you a guide to the frost fair in series 10, episode 3. You should take the trip around the amazing set.
Now you shoud go further behind the scenes and discover what went into creating the Doctor and Bill’s elaborate period costumes from ‘Thin Ice’.
In the previous episode Bill wanted to get into the future, now she and the Doctor get into the past, in 1814 London. And the episode 3 starts from the moment the previous one finishes, with an elephant and an entire fair on the frozen surface of Thames.
Historically speaking, Thames has frozen 23 times starting the XIVth century (and the ice was thick enough for the people to walk over it). The year 1814 was the last one when this has happened, something that was a reason good enough to be used as background for several episode during the last decade of new Doctor Who.
But a huge creature hunts under the ice, and every time someone gets under it (with or without the fishes with lights) he / she becomes food for something else. More: the one that Doctor calls Tiny or the Monster of Loch-Less or Not-so-tiny mermaid has been kept captive for decades, feeding with people from London for the benefits of others.
One of the children that have stolen the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver becomes food for fishes, a motif good enough for Bill to ask the Doctor about his 2,000 years story and the deads that hunts him after so many wars and adventures. The 10th episode of series 10 is a good motiv for the Doctor’s memorables speeches, even if it’s a shorter than the on from episode 10, series 9, The Zygon Inverson.
The Doctor and Bill borrows some diving suites in order to get on the bottom of Thames, under the thin ice, to discover more about the creature and how it got there. But you have to find out the details alone, watching the episode.
Directed by Bill Anderson, written by Sarah Dollard. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Nicholas Burns (Sutcliffe), Asiatu Koroma (Kitty), Peter Singh (Pie-man), Simon Ludders (Overseer), Tomi May (Dowell), Austin Taylor (Spider), Ellie Shenker (Dot), Kishaina Thiruselvan (Harriet), Badger Skelton (Perry).
In the next episode, Knock knock, Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house – so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak, and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building – and why can’t they find any way to enter it?
How the meeting of two legendary heroes would look like? Two characters that everybody knows, who’s story are just amazing and almost fantastic, but you wish they had existed because the world would be better and more wonderful then if they weren’t a part of it. Well, such meeting would be exactly as this episode of Doctor Who. Or, eventually, close enough. Mark Gatiss’ story is quite good, but it could be (much) better: after an important part of the episode the Doctor did not believe that Robin Hood and his merry companions were real (the climate change and the radiation the kept the trees very green helped him in keeping that belief), he was, finally, convinced they were, indeed, real. Considering that the tendency of series 8 is being dark and the Doctor is heading into darkness, maybe a robot Robin Hood would be better. And cutting a sequence of the episode just because some people may be offended (it presented the Sheriff of Nottingham’s decapitation, just to discover he was a cyborg, half man-half robot, before throwing him into the tub full with hot liquid gold) because of the reportes decapitaded by the Muslims is gale. They should have kept it.
If the episode 3 preview did not make you sure about the Doctor’s distrust about the Robin Hood’s existence, maybe their duel, when the Doctor fought Robin with a spoon, cleared you perspective. A sort of. “No damsels in distress, no pretty castles, no such thing as Robin Hood” said the Doctor after he give in Clara’s request to travel in 1190’s Brittan, just second before finding out how wrong he was. Entering the territory controlled by Robin’s merry men the Doctor had to defend his TARDIS wanted by Robin Hood. On a log over a creek. With a spoon. And he won with a hip move. You know Robin Hood’s story or do you need to tell you that? 🙂 Robert, Earl of Locksley lost his fortune and he found himself in the position to fight with and for the peasants against Sheriff of Nottingham who was oppressing the people of the land, stealing their good, especially their gold, in the name of the regent John, Richard the Lionhearth’s brother, the king left to fight in the crusade. The Doctor, Clara and Robin, accompanied by the merry men, participate to a content to find the best archer in the area (you know the story, right?) to win a golden arrow. A trap, of course. A contest won by te Doctor who used an arrow with a homing beacon. At its final the Doctor, Clara and Robin get in the same prison cell, in the pretty castle the Doctor was excluding at the beginning of the episode. The escape was not as expected, they had to save a pretty damsel in red dress (Clara) in distress.
Until the the of the episode the three of them had to become allies (whatever they wanted or not) to save themselves and to save the world from the danger come from the stars (again), that means the robots-knights whose ship crash landed in Notthingham, in Sheriff’s head (that’s the reason they made him a cyborg). The robots were looking the same Promise land as the robot from the first episode, Deep Breath, but they were much more advanced. You’ll have to discover yourselves how they succeded and what’s the surprise in the end of the episode.
Directed by Paul Murphy based on a story by Mark Gatiss, producer Nikki Wilson, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Credits: Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Tom Riley (Robin), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Quayle), Sabrina Bartlett (Quayle’s Ward), Ben Miller (Sheriff), Ian Hallard (Alan-a-Dale), Trevor Cooper (Friar Tuck), Rusty Goffe (Little John), Joseph Kennedy (Will Scarlett), Adam Jones (Walter), David Benson (Herald), David Langham (Guard), Tim Baggaley (Knight), Richard Elfyn (Voice of the Knights),
The fourth episode is Listen, written by Steven Moffat, and when the ghost of the past and the future crowd in their lives, the Doctor and Clara are thrown into an adventure that takes them to the very end of the Universe. What happens when the Doctor is alone? What scares him?
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I hope you’ll enjoy Mark Gatiss’s version of Robin Hood. With a Doctor.