Memory certainly seems to be a theme within this latest year of adventures for The Eleventh Doctor. Not only have we seen a rogue member of The Silence, The Scream, attempt to take The Doctor’s memories, but through the fallout of this we’re left with a narrative that sees our Timelord travel with an infant Sapling that shares half of these memories. This latest story, appropriately titled “The Memory Feast,” continues this trend, as during their exploration of an abandoned spaceship, they run into the path of a memory parasite known as The Thrake.
George Mann scripts this latest two-part story, with the seasoned Doctor Who writer giving us a gripping narrative. Despite the issue taking a while to arrive at a significant development point, the writer still manages to fashion an enthralling tale, with the dialogue shared between The Doctor, Alice and The Sapling being both dramatic and engaging. That said, I did feel that the issue spent a little too much time setting things up, with these new creatures getting a rather abrupt introduction. Nevertheless, this brief development did generate a thrilling atmosphere, with the revelation on the final page leaving me eager to pick-up the concluding chapter.
I.N.J. Culbard continues to handle the art for the moment, and I have to say that the artist has fully won me over. Despite his style initially taking a bit of getting used to, it has quickly proven to be one that suits the franchise perfectly. Not only does he capture the likeness of The Doctor and the world around him clearly, but he also produces an atmosphere that is both dramatic and enticing. Culbard has also done a brilliant job of illustrating the various creatures and monsters throughout this series, with his rendering of The Thrake having a chilling vibe to them. This is all rounded off nicely by the bold colours of Triona Farrell, with her mixed palette adding wonderful tone and texture.
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #6 gets “The Memory Feast” off to a stellar start, as despite spending more time setting up the next issue, it was still a gripping read. The creative team also do a wonderful job of introducing us to The Thrake, with the concept of memory remaining a focal point in this latest series.
(8 / 10)