Doctor Who party ideas: Celebrate 50 years with a 'timey-wimey' gathering
Earth's longest-running science fiction series is turning 50 Saturday with a huge "Day of the Doctor" special on TV and in movie theaters, and it's a great time to celebrate the continuing adventures of the Doctor and his companions through time and space.
The Doctor Who universe is full of great culinary inspiration, from the Jelly Babies candies favored by the fourth Doctor (the regenerating Time Lord alien has been played by 11 different actors, soon to be 12) to the fish fingers and custard the 11th Doctor ate while bonding with erstwhile companion Amy Pond.
In honor of the occasion, we rounded up a few of our favorites ideas for a party worthy of a Time Lord. Have great Whovian ideas of your own? Tweet us pictures at @lwhitehurst and @sheena5427!
Leaf cookies • For his first official adventure with new companion Clara, the Doctor takes her to see the Rings of Akhaten on a planetary system where all currency is based on the emotional worth of an object. A fall leaf Clara has saved for years becomes a big part of the story. As a bonus, these maple-leaf sugar cookies are a great way to celebrate the (rapidly fading) fall season.
Dinosaur cookies • Because the Doctor rode a triceratops on a spaceship. If that doesn't call for a cookie, what does? Note: We picked up our cookie cutters for both from Sur la Table and used a basic sugar cookie and icing recipe from allrecipes.com.
Adipose marshallows • Make these strangely adorable creatures by staking a large marshmallow on a bamboo skewer and attaching four small white marshmallows as limbs using shortened toothpicks. (This may make for tricky eating, so be careful.) Using gel frosting, draw two dots for eyes and a smile, and voila. One person's fat becomes your adorable treat.
Angel tears • What makes a Weeping Angel cry, anyway? These terrifying creatures never seem to actually shed a tear, but if they did, their tears might would look like this sparkly drink. Mix two bottles of white grape juice with a 2-liter bottle of Sprite. Try some whiskey stones which are not alcoholic, but rather a soapstone ice cube substitute marketed to whiskey drinkers but good for anyone who doesn't like watery drinks in your pitcher just to add a touch of the heartless marble these energy-zapping, time-shifting creatures are made of. And, of course, don't blink while pouring.
TARDIS gingerbread house • While it may never be bigger on the inside, nothing sets the mood (and amps up holiday excitement) like a centerpiece TARDIS gingerbread house. It's likely easiest to make out of graham crackers cemented together with thick icing. Don't forget the correct blue frosting color. Use white fondant for the windows, and black gel icing for the cross-hatching and words.
Doctor Who molds • Think Geek and Amazon both sell Doctor Who-themed molds that can be used to make ice cubes, chocolates or small Jell-O shots shaped like our favorite spaceship, the TARDIS, or the ever-destructive Daleks. They can be frozen or baked, so let your imagination run wild.
Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey Jell-O salad • This being Utah, we know you have a favorite Jell-O salad recipe (or know someone who does). Just in case, here's one of our standbys:
2 (3 oz.) pkgs. blue raspberry Jello
2 c. boiling water
1 pt. raspberry sherbet
1 (12 oz.) pkg. frozen raspberries
Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Stir in sherbet immediately. Stir until melted. Add raspberries. Pour into mold and chill until firm.
Make it with TARDIS blue Jell-O and label it in honor of a beloved 10th Doctor catch phrase: "Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey." Trust us, it explains a lot.
"Spoonheads" • These robots suck people's souls into the Internet! Spoonheads were scary even before Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA. Plus, behind their sometimes-human facades their heads really do look a little like Pringles. We suggest taking some of the pressure off yourself after making that TARDIS gingerbread house by dumping Pringles in a bowl and labeling them "spoonheads." Done and done. Then show those baddies who's boss by killing a few. In your mouth.
Fish fingers and custard • First things first: Fish fingers is the British name for fish sticks and custard is an egg-based dessert that's a little like pudding. There are three ways you can incorporate this neo-classic Doctor Who combination into your gathering. 1. Prize authenticity over taste and procure some custard (or pudding, we won't tell) and bake up some fish sticks. Combine. Or do a sweet spin by serving the custard with rectangular shortbread cookies in place of fish sticks. Like savory? Keep the fish sticks, but serve them with mustard instead.
Activities • One of the great things about Doctor Who is how kid-friendly the show is. Keep the wee ones entertained with free printable coloring sheets from the BBC or providing Play-doh for build-your-own monsters.