Epzode 03: ROSA

The third epzode of Who Cares covered the first historical episode of Doctor Who’s 11th series; ROSA.
1950s Alabama. Not just any old racism, but a bona fide time-travelling cosmic racist, hell bent on manipulating bus schedules. The first episode of the series not purely written by Chibnall. A lot was riding on this episode. The cast had even expressed optimism about it beforehand. Did it live up to expectations? Nuh-uh, THIN ICE, man – we’d trained for this.

CREDITS:
Neo
Ingiga
Broken Mirrors
Storm
Edited by Ingiga

Doctor Who cinegrid s11e03 ROSA
Neo’s cinegrid for ROSA
Doctor Who barcode s11e03 ROSA
Neo’s barcode for ROSA. Barcodes are every frame of a video compressed into a line, typically to compare colour palette patterns. The bottom version is further compressed to just indicate the dominant colour of a frame.

INGIGA’S EXTENDED TAKE

SHOW NOTES:

  • Krasko the cosmic racist’s musical motif sounds just like the shark’s theme from Jaws. (0:00)
  • Mirrors fondly reminiscences over the Twelfth Doctor. “Ah, Capaldi…now there was a Doctor.” (3:00)
  • A striking equivalence is made between this episode and 2009’s Planet of the Dead special. (6:59)
  • Mirrors: “Can I just say something…this is the first time I’ve actually liked…Rosa Parks.” (10:40)
  • The insensitivity of Yaz defending her status as a police officer when Ryan shares the systemic prejudices he faces from the police is commented upon. (14:10)
  • Mirrors and Storm like the scene of Ryan meeting Martin Luther King Jr., but Neo gets very frustrated with how it cuts away before any sort of meaningful dialogue. (16:57)
  • #releasethechibnallcut (19:21)
  • Mirrors finds a connection with The Silence of the Lambs. (20:06)
  • The rules of comedy were broken with Krasko. (22:35)
  • Mirrors felt very strongly about Krasko and the Doctor’s stand-off. (24:52)
  • Was Chibnall writing 13 as 7.2? (27:00)
  • Neo finds an excuse to gush about Torchwood, in this case the “not one bit!” scene from They Keep Killing Suzie. (31:01)
  • Why Ryan had to be the one to deal with Krasko. (31:32)
  • Ingiga insists the title, ROSA, was a reference to the first episode of NewWho, ROSE. (32:50)
  • Chibnall had been specifically wanting to have episodes about Rosa Parks and the Partition of India under his run – “like Rosa Parks, Partition was one of the stories I knew I wanted to tell when I came into the job”, from Doctor Who Magazine #531. (33:56)
  • Mirrors opens up, sharing how he’d wanted to see this type of episode since he was a kid. (34:11)
  • Mirrors posits that, where Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat are comfortable with creating “theme park” versions of history, Chibnall goes for more grounded takes. Later, Ingiga’s British, and Mirrors’ American, cultural takes clash. (34:52)
  • Mirrors, Neo, and Storm go to bat for Torchwood: Miracle Day, Neo overjoyed at others providing excuses to bring up Torchwood. Mirrors and Neo gush over the second episode of Miracle Day, which Mirrors had previously described as “recreating a much older kind of science fiction, one where you could afford only one effects shot in your big movie so you had to fill up the rest of the time with serious actors having serious drama about very specific material concerns…the doctors are trying to reason out the implications of the Miracle, while on the plane they have to MacGyver an antidote to Jack’s poison – a surprising throwback, but a welcome one.” (41:52).
  • The cast muse over what other historical events Chibnall might cover in future. (43:56)
  • Storm is aghast at the Short Trip about Stalin. (45:25)
  • Laughter is had over the emotional “Rise Up” song bleeding over into the next time preview for ARACHNIDS IN THE UK. (47:06)
  • Confusion is had over the final moments of the episode hinging around a…rock. (47:43)
  • Ingiga takes issue with the singular deification of Rosa Parks and blinkered individualistic focuses on oppression being overcome. The cast join in on disliking the implications of Krasko’s ideology. (50:41)
  • Neo contrasts ROSA with VINCENT AND THE DOCTOR, particularly with how they approach dark subjects. (53:57)
  • The cast examine how little the episode actually seemed interested in Rosa Parks, and how tone deaf centring the climax around the main cast’s reactions was. (55:32)

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