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Magical History Tour: Watch This Fantastic Biography About Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist, took centre stage in the first historical adventure featuring Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor, back in Series 11 (2018).

Rosa, written by Malorie Blackman and then-showrunner Chris Chiball, showed the events leading up to Parks’ refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, and her subsequent arrest for violating segregation laws. In the TV story, she was played by Vinette Robinson (42; Sherlock), while the episode itself won the BAFTA for Visionary Arts Organisation Award for Television Show of the Year.

But what do you actually know about her life? Here’s a fascinating short biography about Rosa, detailing what actually happened and how a simple act helped to change history.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Magical History Tour: Watch This Fantastic Biography About Rosa Parks

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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