In the opening scene of “The Day of the Doctor” (2013), our favorite renegade Time Lord regales Clara Oswald with a list of the exotic places they’ll soon be visiting in the TARDIS. Ancient Mesopotamia! Future Mars! The Impossible Girl hesitates, insisting that she’ll come along for the ride only if there will be cocktails. The Doctor assures her that cocktails will be served—on the moon. Who could refuse? This playful exchange provided an apt mission statement for our team’s recent Doctor Who marathon. In addition to a televisual showcase of some of the Doctor’s most memorable stories, the festivities featured a tempting array of themed food and drink. This, of course, meant that there were enough cocktails on hand to satisfy even the thirstiest of companions. After sharing the recipe for Slitheen egg hors d’oeuvres, it’s time to turn our attention to the bar cart!
Concocting mixed drinks inspired by the Doctor’s illustrious travels is fast becoming a popular pastime, and no party would be complete without a cocktail inspired by his faithful, faulty Type 40 time capsule. For Doctor Who fans, hope is blue—and often accompanied by obligatory outbursts of wheezing and groaning! But what does unrestricted access to all of time and space taste like?
While there are a variety of recipes available for so-called Tardis-tinis, particularly those involving Hpnotiq, our cocktail planner chose to keep things simple by mixing up a batch of Blue Cosmopolitans. Consider it a martini with a malfunctioning chameleon circuit. The Cosmopolitan is the youngest of the classic cocktails, a fresh and fashionable apertif. Locating the ingredients for a Blue Cosmo is easy, and the glow of the finished drink in its cocktail glass immediately evokes the soothing hues of a police box. Made with vodka citron, blue Curaçao, white cranberry juice, and lime juice, this cocktail is sweet but also remarkably refreshing. It offered elegant embellishment to our afternoon screening of An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) and would be a welcome sight at any game table set-up for a Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space role-playing module.
To recreate our version of a simple Tardis-tini, consult Absolut’s recipe for the Blue Cosmopolitan. If you’re looking for something with a dash more splash, be sure to check out Alex Murphy and Nicole Beckerman’s instructions for mixing a Hpnotiq Tardis-tini.
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.
In celebration of fifty years of Doctor Who, our own TARDIS team decided to launch a new role-playing campaign based on Cubicle 7’s Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space. The first game begins on 23 November, just hours before the premiere of the fiftieth anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.” We’ve chosen to establish this blog to serve as the official chronicle of the campaign. This site will offer an episode guide, conveying the essential details of each adventure as it takes place. We’ll also post fiction, artwork, character stats, and other gameplay materials. Our intention is to keep an official record and to allow the rest of you to follow along with the fun at home.
We’re so excited to get things underway that we’ve prepared this teaser poster to set the mood. Our campaign begins with the adventures of the Nth Doctor, modeled on the character played by Richard E Grant in Scream of the Shalka (2003). A direct successor to Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor, the temperamental but spirited Nth Doctor allows us to forge an entirely new continuity going forward. Devastated by his personal losses, controlled by shadowy forces, the Nth Doctor is a conflicted hero. Those mysterious assignments to be undertaken in the universe’s darkest corners are sure to reflect his troubled persona.
As celebrating fifty years of history and monsters has reminded us, there can never be enough stories set in the Doctor Who universe. Prepare for all-new adventures in time… and space!