I’m a little belated with this but it took me a while to recover … Sunday, November 24 was all sorts of alien awesome in the Household.
The eldest’s 10th birthday coincided with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and it was brilliant!
Possibly not entirely well thought out, but brilliant.
For example, I really didn’t think it through when I booked us and assorted cousins into an 11am 3D session of The Day of The Doctor, then sent out party invitations for the eldest’s birthday starting at 1.30pm.
I tell you, adrenaline was running high in the car when we arrived home with 10 minutes to spare …
But back to the 50th anniversary episode. It was wonderful! Some churlish bastard at the Daily Mail said: “it had too far much gratuitous content that only seemed to be there to live up to its billing” and “worst of all was the excruciating spectacle of Matt Smith and David Tennant meeting each other and struggling to understand their shared identity which was like watching mime artists doing the achingly unfunny identical mirror mime” and, the ultimate blow: “Bring on Peter Capaldi.”
We all LOVED it. I kept tearing up in joy and excitement and various other emotions throughout.
Then we bolted home and I frantically laid out the party food, which included …
The piece de resistance … dalek cupcakes. Plus Tardis blue corn chips with alien slime (guacamole) and jammy dodgers.
As for the activities on offer …
After a fill-your-own loot bag treasure hunt for mini Milky Ways and Mars bars, blue lollipops and glow-in-the-dark stars we played pass the Tardis.
Then it was time to introduce the eldest’s friends to an iconic episode of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour.
I made it an interactive experience. There’s a scene were the Doctor is hungry but can’t find the exact food he craves. It goes something like this …
The Doctor: That’s disgusting. What is that?
Amelia: An apple.
The Doctor: Apple’s rubbish. I hate apples.
Amelia: You said you liked them.
We paused the DVD and served up a bowl of apples.
The Doctor: No no no. I like yogurt. Yogurt’s my favorite. Gimme yogurt.
The Doctor: I hate yogurt. It’s just stuff with bits in.
Paused, served tubs of yogurt.
Amelia: You said it was your favorite.
The Doctor: New mouth, new rules! It’s like eating after cleaning your teeth. Everything tastes—
Amelia: What is it? What’s wrong with you?
The Doctor: Wrong with me? It’s not my fault. Why can’t you give any decent food. You’re Scottish. Fry something.
[Amy begins cooking]
The Doctor: Ahh! Bacon!
Paused, served bacon.
[the Doctor eats the bacon, then promptly spits it out]
The Doctor: That’s bacon! Are you trying to poison me?
[Amy begins cooking again]
The Doctor: Beans!
Paused, handed out plastic spoons and a bowl of baked beans.
[the Doctor eats the fried beans, and promptly spits them out]
The Doctor: Beans are evil. Bad bad beans.
[Amy butters a slice of plain bread]
The Doctor: Bread and butter! Now you’re talking.
Served a bowl of mini toasts.
[the Doctor runs outside and flings the bread and butter out]
The Doctor: And stay out!
The Doctor: I know what I need! I need… I need… I need… fish fingers and custard!
Served … fish fingers … and … custard. Horrified several children, enchanted most. It was generally agreed they … weren’t too bad …
(A bit of WHO trivia for you … Matt Smith initially claimed it was actually fish fingers and custard he was eating and that he found it “gorgeous.” The fish fingers were actually coconut breaded cakes. Smith later ate genuine fish custard on the Christmas 2010 episode of The Graham Norton Show.)
Then it was outside for some Ood racing …
For anyone who’s not a Doctor Who acolyte, Oods look like this …
And finally, a reboot of last year’s cake because the eldest was so fond of it …
I’m pretty sure a fun time was had by all, and I was pretty chirpy too after a couple of glasses of Domain.
Did you watch the Doctor Who anniversary special?