Review of Whimsic Alley and The Doctor Who Ball

67918_10152245873320616_523056790_nAnyone who has known me for more than five minutes on social media knows of my deep and abiding love for the British TV show, Doctor Who. So it’s no surprise when the local store, Whimsic Alley, announced on Goldstar that they were having a Doctor Who ball on April 13th, that I snapped up tickets for it faster than you can say, Doctor Who?

The night began in line outside the store. When we got there there was already 1) Amy Pond in her Kiss-a-gram police uniform, Idris (aka Sexy), and a couple of TARDIS dresses. With my companions (ha, ha, ha) dressed as the 11th Doctor and Clara Oswin Oswald, and me with my fez (I wear a fez now, fezes are cool) we were in the right place. A couple of muggles walked by and looked confused, but overall we were in high spirits.

Inside Whimsic Alley is the most adorable shop you’d care to see. It’s designed to the enth degree and it looks like a row of shops rather than just one. British goods galore, a red telephone booth, trees, and building facades complete the effect. Fashioned after Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series, the shop carries a wide range of Harry Potter merchandice, but also items from Doctor WhoThe Hobbit, and more. There’s also a wide range of British candies and sweets that you won’t find at your local grocery store (unless your local grocery store is awesome).

In the back of the store is a large banquet room, with the requisite floating candles, flaming sconces (don’t worry it’s not real fire, but it looks amazing), and long wooden tables. For The Doctor Who Ball, the tables had been covered with blue table clothes and decorated to look like the TARDIS. There was also a large TARDIS and several standees of the characters from the show on display. The food was on theme with scones, Jammy Dodgers (a type of cookie the 11th Doctor used to fool the Daleks), bananas (always take a banana to a party, Rose), Fish fingers and custard (11th Doctor’s favorite food), and (of course), tea and a range of Doctor Who named mixed drinks.

Upon arrival we were all given a name tag hung behind us so we could play a nice ice breaker game of “figure out who you are with yes or no questions.” There were some relatively easy ones that I saw (various “The Doctor,” The Master, etc) and then some really hard ones (The Nestene Consciousness…. seriously). I was the Adipose, which I guessed after 5 questions because someone told me I was cute and cuddly. The game helped us talk with other people there (which is good because sometimes geeks can be a bit shy) and also was a great way to talk about the show.

Then the rest of the evening was given to a photo booth, dancing, talking, raffles (I won a cool set of Doctor Who sticky notes), and a costume contest. The wide range of costumes was super fun to see. There were multiple Marthas, Roses, Rorys and Amys, but I was happy to see a Donna, a couple Captain Jacks, a Mickey, a Jackson Lake (the man who thought he was the Doctor), a K-9, and many more.

As the evening wound down, they opened up the shop and left us to all of the goodies the store had to offer. I picked up some Jammy Dodgers, because you never know when you have to fool a Dalek  into thinking you can blow up your TARDIS with a remote device.

All in all, an amazing evening and I hope we can do it again.

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