Also check out this Doctor Who wiki for more detailed info on the Doctors, companions, and other Whovian things.
With the 50th anniversary special airing at the end of November and the fandom ever-growing amongst teens, Doctor Who parties have been slowly gaining in popularity in libraries. I see postings for ideas more than ever in the listervs and on Facebook. So here's what we did at our Doctor Who event:
1. Sonic Screwdriver Pens: We got the idea from the blog Doodle Craft. Click the link for the full instructions. We used Fimo clay which we bought from our local craft store. It comes in all sorts of Doctor Who-vian types of colors like silver and metallic blue. The clay-wrapped pens do have to be baked, so make sure you have access to an oven or toaster oven. This was the first activity the teens did when they came in because it took the longest to complete. While the pens baked, we moved on to our next activity.
|Some of our teen's creations|
|Some more of their creations|
2. Doctor Who Trivia: My coworker told me about a new way to do trivia with teens and I may never go back to the old way of doing it! Basically, you divide the teens up into equal teams. Then you put out 1 less chair than number of teams, each with a point value attached (10 points up to 50 points). So if you have 6 teams, you would put out 5 chairs. Then you give each team a Ziploc baggie with the trivia answers on strips of paper. You would then ask a question and 1 person from each team would find the correct answer in the pile and run with it to one of the chairs. Obviously, they are all going to go for the 50 point chair and one team won't make it to a seat in time so their points for that round will be 0. Then you have everyone go back to their places behind a line and rearrange the chairs. This trivia method is super loud, chaotic, and fun! We used a whiteboard to tally up all of the points. The winning team won vinyl TARDIS clings we bought on Amazon. I would be happy to send anyone our trivia questions/answers.
3. Cubee Craft: We set out a bunch of cubees printed on cardstock and scissors and let the teens go to town while we showed clips from Doctor Who. You can find some great ones here.
|My friend and husband as 10 & 11 (center), the 4th Doctor (left), and a totally awesome teen Weeping Angel (right)|
For some more ideas, also visit the ever-awesome Teen Librarian's Toolbox.