THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
The Doctor, Rose and Tara enter Jack’s memories to try and work out where he is. But a victim of one of Jack’s cons is intent on making the fortune she lost by bidding away the Doctor’s memories.
At the beginning of this new story, something extraordinary happens to Rose. It’s one of those moments that a lot of women say is the worst pain they’ve ever felt. But being Doctor Who, it’s no ordinary delivery and it doesn’t even happen. Well, it does just not to Rose.
Once we realise that Rose was experiencing someone else’s memories, thanks to fifty-fourth century technology, the Memgram Network, which allows you to experience your friend’s memories, it gives the Doctor a tool in locating Jack.
Writer Cavan Scott’s script is scintillatingly funny and has an intelligently complex idea embedded within the plot. This idea being that in the future, our memories will be experienced by others is something entirely controversial yet sublimely sci-fi futurism.
The Doctor and Rose’s relationship is given the opportunity to mature and tests the fragility of their friendship. Rose feels more grown-up which leaves space for her interaction with the Doctor to be more playful and flawed.
Artists Cris Bolson and Adriana Melo effectively visualise the story with vast, epic full-scale panels that blaze dimension and fireworks of colour. The close-up shots of the Doctor and Rose amplify the emotions felt by them.
Likewise, colourist Marco Lesko adds significant strikes of red that infuse the pain of the Doctor and lights the interior of the TARDIS with warmth and golden hues.
Part One of The Bidding Wars is a remarkable opening of exciting and funny predicaments followed by a highly complex idea of the selling of memories and how they define and shape us. If you’re a Rose fan, you will find much to enjoy here as she goes through many costume changes!
Blogtor Rating 9/10