Doctor Who Season 11’s Rosa Episode Wins Special BAFTA Award

Doctor Who Season 11’s Rosa Episode Wins Special BAFTA Award

There were a few notable episodes from last fall’s eleventh season of Doctor Who. There was the premiere, which properly introduced us to Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor, the New Year’s special, which featured a lone Dalek and perhaps the most impressive outing of the run, “Rosa”, which saw the TARDIS visit 1950s Alabama and the Doctor and friends meeting Rosa Parks.


It was a moving, timely episode that tackled racism in a bold and unflinching way that was pretty surprising for a sci-fi series that’s ostensibly about running away from monsters. And now, it’s been officially recognized as a superlative installment of British television, too, as “Rosa” won a gong at the inaugural Visionary Honours Awards for its “positive social impact.”


The Visionary Honours Organisation describes itself as the “UK’s first social impact entertainment & media awards,” that “aims to be a catalyst for social change inspiring teenagers and young adults aged 16-34 via art, media and entertainment.” Doctor Who earned the title of TV Show of the Year and in a nice coincidence, this turned out to be an unexpected birthday present for co-writer Malorie Blackman, who penned the episode alongside showrunner Chris Chibnall.