This holiday is inspired by an iconic scene in the British television series Doctor Who. In this scene the eleventh doctor, played by Matt Smith, is eating fried fish sticks and dipping them in a vanilla custard. This may seem an odd and slightly gross combination but it didn’t stop many fans from trying it themselves. They all agreed that this was actually a great combination of flavors and BBC, the channel on which the show aired, decided to dedicate an entire day to this new dish. April 3rd 2012 was the first Fish Fingers and Custard Day, and it has been celebrated annually ever since.
Spoiler Alert! A brief recap of the episode in which this dish appeared
In this episode of Doctor Who, it is the first episode of the fifth season and brings about some major changes in the series. A new cast and production crew is in place and makes for one of the more compelling seasons. In this episode we learn that the eleventh regeneration of The Doctor (played by Matt Smith) has crashed his time and place machine. This machine is known as the TARDIS and takes the shape of a blue British policeman box in which citizens can enter when they need to call for police assistance. The Doctor has crashed the TARDIS in the small village of Leadworth in England, where he meets a young girl named Amelia Pond. The Doctor and the girl quickly bond. However, The Doctor must leave but promises to return in 5 minutes. Time and space are difficult to navigate however, and he doesn’t return until 12 years later and his companion is now very grown up. Amelia doesn’t trust The Doctor due to his broken promise. The Doctor must think fast because he needs her help to return the alien Prisoner Zero to the galaxy police before the Earth is destroyed. After this adventure Amy agrees to travel with him and join him on his adventures.
What exactly is a fish finger?
Fish Fingers, also known by their American name fish sticks, are a breaded and fried strip of whitefish. They are commonly available in the frozen food section of supermarkets and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. The term fish finger was first used in 1900 and the dish is often considered a symbol of the United Kingdom. It was actually an American company that created the first frozen, ready to cook fish stick in 1953. Fish fingers are a staple for young and old alike and enjoyed by many across the globe.
Whether you are a Doctor Who fan or a fish finger fan, today is a day to try one of the more interesting food combinations. Most importantly, today is a day to record yourself trying this combination in order to share with the world how delicious or disgusting you find this strange combination. The day would also not be complete without a rewatching or perhaps first time viewing of the Doctor Who episode ''Eleventh Hour ''.