With all this talk about holiday preparations, you may think that I have forgotten about the big anniversary coming up. That’s right, folks, 50 years! “Wow,” you may be saying to yourself, “you and David have been married for 50 years? You look amazing!” And to that I say, aw, shucks. Thank you. And also that’s not the anniversary to which I’m referring. No, that British television icon, Doctor Who himself, is celebrating 50 years on television. After spending many years as a cult classic, it has now hit the mainstream with costumes, t-shirts, and toys in malls all over, even in Middle America.
This Saturday all over the globe the 50th anniversary episode will play concurrently at certain movie theatres and on television. Locally it will show right around lunch-time. If you’ll be having some people over to watch the 90-minute episode, you may want to have some lunch-time treats handy.
Those of you who have been following my blog for a while may remember that I did a whole week of Doctor Who-themed dinner party food ideas, including a vegan take on fish fingers and custard, Peanut Butter & Jelly Baby sandwiches, Bow Tie Pasta Salad is Cool, and for dessert, a chocolate soufflé perfect for a girl trapped in the shell of a Dalek. There were also two drink ideas: a Sonic Screwdriver and a Bloody Mara.
With the anniversary in mind, I revisited my Doctor Who lunch. This time around instead of just having blocks of baked tofu in the bow tie pasta salad with fez-like cherry tomatoes, I cut the slabs into the shape of Adipose before baking. Then after they were done, I added capers for eyes and slivers of olives for mouths.
On the side, I made a mound of kale chips, served in the Dalek soufflé dish. Fans of the show may remember that the aforementioned Dalek girl went on to save a species by offering up a very special leaf, dubbed the most important leaf in human history. (To those of you who don’t watch the show: This whole thing is a lot more touching and less like a PBS nature special than it sounds.) In our Earth-based existence, what leaf could be more special than the kale leaf, crisped in the oven instead of being obliterated by a sentimentality-consuming Mummy God? (No, I’m serious. The show is really, really good.)
Are you a fan of Doctor Who? If so, what are your viewing plans for the anniversary episode on Saturday?
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