Disclaimer I am not a true Doctor Who nerd. I enjoy watching Doctor Who, but I only started watched with the reboot and have never seen a classic episode. I could not hold an in depth conversation about the minutia or even some of the more common stuff. I am not a good nerd that way. It like many nerdy pop culture things, but I don’t consume them like a true nerd. Chris Hardwick often talks about the mark of a true nerd is their nerdy obsession about something no matter what it actually is. They get into all the minute details of things. I have many friends like this. I could name an episode title of some nerdy show and they would be able to tell me all about it in all kinds of detail. I can’t do stuff like that. It’s just not the way I consume my pop culture. I like much of the same stuff as these friends, but I just don’t geek out about it in the same way they do.
At any rate nerd cred or not I threw a viewing party for the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who on Saturday. I thought it would be fun to watch with other Whovian friends. Plus it gave me an excuse to throw a party and make all kinds of fun Doctor Who themed foods. Plus I feel like I was providing a great service since no one who came actually has access to BBC America on their televisions, so this way they didn’t have to wait to watch it.
My friends all came dressed in Doctor Who attire including adorable Tardis dressed babies.
I wore one of my Doctor Who shirts, which I love because it is a play on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. As far as I know no one in my family has ever actually attended Notre Dame, but I grew up watching Notre Dame and rooting for them. I’m guessing because we’re Irish the family adopted them because of their mascot? Notre Dame was the first school I owned any college paraphernalia for, so when I saw this shirt online that combined the Notre Dame mascot with my favorite Doctor I had to buy it for myself. It delights me. My husband also insisted I put on my emergency bow tie (cause bow ties are cool) for the picture even though it was meant to wear on a button down shirt and thus didn’t really work on the shirt. That may be why I’m making the awesome face.
My husband bought some Jelly Babies of course and my friends also brought some Jammy Dodgers though I didn’t get a picture of them.
I refused to make actual fish fingers and custard. I never even liked fish fingers when I was kid when you’re supposed to like them. I saw recipes for ways to make cookies that were covered in graham cracker crumbs such that they looked like fish fingers, but I decided to take the lazy way out for this one and bought some Cadbury fingers to go with my custard. I figure they’re British so that almost counts, right?
I made some delicious bow tie pasta salad from this recipe because bow ties are cool. It was a big hit at this party and the birthday party I took the leftovers to later that night.
I also made sonic screwdrivers out of pretzel rods
and Adipose babies out of marshmallows. Since a lot of people asked me how I got the marshmallows to stick together I will share that my super secret trick was using some of the same melted white chocolate I used on the sonic screwdrivers to glue the marshmallows together. I did not as was suggested use a hot glue gun.