Game Master: Brian Players: Adam, Erin
Game Date: 21 September 2019
Characters: The Doctor, Riddell
Allies: The Hath, The Judoon
Time: 26 May 5681 CE
Space: The Turquoise Five-Finned Lifeform, Medusa Cascade
Synopsis: In the remarkable region of space known as the Medusa Cascade, star whales roam free. The Doctor recognizes these gentle beasts as one of the most majestic lifeforms in the universe, a spaceborne cetacean that migrates through the space between the stars. He also recognizes the eggs of these endangered wonders as utterly priceless. So when a platoon of Judoon locks down a Hath starship and announces that just such an egg has been stolen, the Doctor has questions regarding this impossible crime. Just how would one steal the egg of a star whale? And why? The Judoon don’t know how, and they don’t know why, but they’re not the type to waste time asking questions. They’ve already made an arrest and proving the suspect’s guilt is treated as nothing more than a technicality.
After speaking with the accused, the Doctor and Riddell launch an investigation of their own. Aboard this curious aquatic vessel on a mission of cultural exchange, there is no shortage of unusual suspects. The rebellious teenage stowaway from Raxacoricofallapatorius doesn’t trust anyone, and the larger-than-life Adiposean envoy can’t keep his mouth shut. The Hath cultural liaison has her own seemingly ridiculous agenda, and no one is sure if the glowing cube that’s been sent from the Cygnus system is even a lifeform at all. It will take some real detective work to explain the who, the why, and the how of the most astonishing heist in the cosmos!
Recently, our Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space team sat down for a “Day of the Doctor” marathon designed to recreate the fun and excitement of Doctor Who‘s fiftieth anniversary. The party was planned for one member of our team in particular, who wasn’t yet a Whovian at the time of the anniversary in November of 2013. The viewing schedule included screenings of “An Unearthly Child” (1963), An Adventure in Space and Time (2013), and “The Day of the Doctor” (2013). In addition to allowing us the opportunity to relive some of the great moments in the history of the series, the celebration gave us an excuse to indulge in a variety of themed refreshments, from snacks to cocktails. A marathon this momentous called for more than just jelly babies! We had so much fun with the food and drink for this event, we’re going to be posting some photos and recipes here on the blog. Any one of them would offer a suitably elegant (or is that eccentric?) complement to your next Doctor Who gaming session.
Perhaps the most visually striking dish of the day was this platter of Slitheen eggs. What at first appears to be some slimy specimen from Raxacoricofallapatorius—a hard-boiled Blon Fel-Fotch, perhaps—is, in fact, a delicious hors d’oeuvre. These marbled beauties introduced us to the joys of the Chinese tea egg. Cracked eggs are steeped in a savory concoction of tea and spices including peppercorns, cloves, anise, and ginger. They’re as fun to prepare as they are to eat, and the end result is beautiful to behold. The addition of food coloring allows you to prepare the eggs in any color that you like. For those seeking more flavor, the dish can be accompanied by a soy and balsamic mayonnaise. If you’re looking for a game table snack that delivers a certain shock value, look no further than the Slitheen.
Visit Kitchen Overlord for the complete recipe, or pick up a copy of Chris-Rachael Oseland’s Dining with the Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook.