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The Doctor Who Birthday

23 Apr

My son’s gift reflected what any new 10 year old would want when they are a Doctor Who fan.  He received a Doctor Who Build Your Own Sonic Screwdriver Kit, Doctor Who Plash Talking Blue Dalek, Doctor Who: Character Encyclopedia , and Doctor Who Character Building Monsters Multi-Pack. With a few giftcard for now, he will be on the road to more Doctor Who.  The cake toppers were a huge hit both at school with the store bought cookie cake and at home for the family cake.

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I also used photoshop to make custom birthday cards from myself and my daughter.



Along with a telescope(I got for a steal right after Christmas for $1.99), a 6-in-1 robot kit(Five Below), an Excalibur Remote Controlled ORB(I got on clearance for $12), and the gifts from the family, I would say he had a great birthday.

Dalek Cake Topper

22 Apr

My son’s 10th birthday is tomorrow and last night he springs on me that he wants a Dalek birthday cake.  So I do a search all over the internet for different types of Dalek cakes, cupcakes, etc to see what I like and nothing really looked the way I wanted.  I had already gotten him his triple chocolate cake mix with the triple chocolate frosting so I came up with the idea to make an edible cake topper instead.  For his class, we ordered a cookie cake so I made sure to have an extra Dalek to put on top of that as well.  This is the first time I have ever tried using fondant so I don’t think I did too badly for a first try.

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Dalek Cake Topper


  • 6 flat bottomed ice-cream cones
  • 1 Wilton White Rolled Fondant 1.5lb
  • 1 Black Wilton Icing Color 1oz
  • 1 Brown Wilton Icing Color 1oz
  • 1 Golden Yellow Wilton Icing Color 1oz
  • 1 Black Pearlized Sugar Pearl Sprinkles 5oz
  • 10 pieces of black taffy (sold by the piece – 15 for $1 at Party City)
  • 4 pieces of white taffy (sold by the piece – 15 for $1 at Party City)
  • 1 pieces of blue taffy (sold by the piece – 15 for $1 at Party City)
  • 1 small package of thin pretzel sticks
  • 1 small package of powdered sugar (This is used to keep the fondant from sticking to table, rolling pin and pretty much anything.)


It is a good idea to wear gloves on your hands for steps 2 – 9 to prevent turning your hands blackish brown.

  1. Stack 2 flat bottomed ice-cream cones into each other and turn upside down on a plate.
  2. Separate the fondant into 1 lb and 1/2 lb balls.
  3. Add black icing color to 1/2 lb ball of fondant and knead to desired grey color.  (Note:  You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  4. Add brown icing color and just a touch of golden yellow icing color to the 1 lb ball of fondant and knead to desired golden color.    (Note:  You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  5. Make 3 balls of golden fondant the diameter of a quarter and place to the side.
  6. Separate golden fondant into 3 even balls and then roll out the golden fondant with a rolling pin.  (Note:  You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  7. Place the golden fondant ball in top of the bottom of each ice cream cone and then carefully cover the whole thing with the golden fondant.  you can tuck extra fondant under and into the cone to secure it.  (Note:  Have a small cup of water handy to use to seal the ends by rubbing it with water.)
  8. Roll out the grey fondant ball with a rolling pin.  (Note:  You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  9. Cut 3 – 1/2 inch strips of grey fondant.  Wet the golden fondant on fattest part of the cone and wrap the grey fondant strip around it to form the Dalek base.
  10. Pour the black pearl sprinkles into a bowl.  (Good time to remove gloves.)
  11. Do these next steps one cone at a time:  Using your fingers, moisten the bottom of your Dalek just above the grey base to the dent where the cone tapers in.
  12. Carefully place the pearls onto the cone in 4 rows creating columns of “Dalek bumps” on your Dalek.
  13. Unwrap 2 pieces of white taffy and knead them until they are soft.
  14. Roll the taffy and cut into 6 pieces.  Roll each piece into a ball and then form the lights on the top of the Dalek’s head.  Moisten the area you wish to place the lights and the bottom of the lights.  Press into place.
  15. Do the stripes one at a time.  For each, unwrap 2 piece of black taffy and knead until soft.
  16. Roll the taffy into a thin string and cut it into 3rds.  Wrap each piece around the base of your Dalek’s head.
  17. Unwrap a black piece and a white piece of taffy.  You will need to pull them together over and over to create a grey piece of taffy.
  18. Break 3 pretzel sticks in half.  Wrap one end of each with the grey taffy and shape into a eggbeater.  Stick the other end, downward into the left side of the Dalek above the “Dalek bumps”.  (The Dalek’s left but your right.)
  19. Unwrap the remaining black taffy and knead until soft.  Mold the taffy to make 6 suction cups, 3 slight larger than the other 3.
  20. Stick a pretzel stick into the back of each suction cup and mold the taffy onto the pretzel.
  21. The larger suction cups are inserted on the opposite side from the grey beater shaped pretzels.  These make up the Dalek arms.
  22. Unwrap and knead the blue piece of taffy.  Form 3 small balls and place them instead the 3 remaining suction cups to be lights.
  23. Unwrap the knead the last piece of white taffy.  Roll very thin, almost string like, and wrap around the middle of each suction cup pretzel remaining.
  24. Insert the last suction cup pretzels into the Dalek’s head, dead center.


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Doctor Who – 50 Years of Timey Whimey

13 Jan
Tristan as 10th Doctor

Tristan as the 10th Doctor.

In 1963, William Hartnell began a tradition that would last 50 years when he starred as the Doctor in the very first episode of Doctor Who. Hartnell’s illness would lead the writers to find a creative way to let Hartnell’s Doctor leave the show but not the Doctor himself. Thus, regeneration, or renewal as it was called back then, was born and Patrick Troughton became the second Doctor. One simple fix for a sick actor lead to the ability for Doctor Who to live on to see its 50th Anniversary this year.

One bit of exciting news for this anniversary is that five of the past Doctors and a few of their companions will be returning for an audio adventure entitled The Light at the End. Tom Baker(4th), Peter Davison(5th), Colin Baker(6th), Sylvester McCoy(7th) and Paul McGann(8th) have all been confirmed to voice their version of the Doctor. The companions who have been confirmed to voice their characters so far are Louise Jameson(Leela), Sarah Sutton(Nyssa), Nicola Bryant(Peri), Sophie Aldred(Ace), and India Fisher(Charley Pollard). In addition, Geoffrey Beevers, the Master from 1981, will voice the Master in this episode.

The geek in me has to share this list I put together for my son of the Doctors. I wanted to show him why most of the anniversary specials would either be novels or audio if they were to include the Doctors prior to the 9th.

Doctor # Actor Start Year End Year Age Then Age Now
1 William Hartnell 1963 1966 55 Deceased
2 Patrick Troughton 1966 1969 46 Deceased
3 Jon Pertwee 1970 1974 51 Deceased
4 Tom Baker 1974 1981 40 78
5 Peter Davison 1982 1984 31 61
6 Colin Baker 1984 1986 41 69
7 Sylvester McCoy 1987 1996 44 69
8 Paul McGann 1996 Unknown 38 53
9 Christopher Eccleston Unknown 2005 41(TV) 48
10 David Tennant 2005 2010 34 41
11 Matt Smith 2010 Present 28 30

Tristan also received a few Doctor Who gifts for Christmas.  I got him the shirt he is wearing in the picture called 10th Doctor Costume Tee from ThinkGeek.  His aunt visited from England and gave him Doctor Who Mini Figure Set of 11 Doctors and the Doctor Who Time Lord Psychic Container.  He has a wish list a mile wide from the products at ThinkGeek.