There are only 11 shopping days left, folks. Need a gift for your favorite sci-fi nerd? Two boxed sets, one American, the other British, should do the trick.
They went where no man (or woman) has gone before on TV. Then the cast of late-'60s classic Star Trek came back a decade later to make the 1979 feature Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Five sequels followed.
Paramount has gathered all six films and the four films made by the cast of the spinoff series, Star Trek: Next Generation, in the 12-disc boxed set Star Trek: Stardate Collection. Each film comes with a healthy dose of extras, including commentary tracks and making-of documentaries. (www.paramount.com/movies/home-media; $99.98 DVD; $139.98; rated PG-13)
The BBC's sci-fi fan favorite Doctor Who all but died in the late '80s. It came back, stronger and better than ever, in 2005, with a new look and a young, handsome, leather-clad Doctor played by Christopher Eccleston.
Over the course of seven seasons, the family adventure series has gone through two more doctors - David Tennant and Matt Smith - and attracted a new generation of fans across the world. (The next Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, will make his debut next year.)
BBC Video's boxed set Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Gift Set features all seven seasons packed up with a nice gift - a replica of the Doctor's famed sonic screwdriver. (www.bbc.com/shop; $349.98; not rated)
Other holiday gift ideas
Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition. Visionary director Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 cyberpunk anime classic was one of the first animated films out of Japan to show that anime can reach the heights of great art. (www.funimation.com; $24.98 DVD; $34.98 DVD/Blu-ray Combo; rated R)
Doc Martin Special Collection: Series 1-5 Plus the Movies. Who would have thought it: Martin Clunes' performance as a big-city surgeon stuck in a seaside village in the middle of nowhere has made this dramedy one of the year's popular British imports. This 13-disc boxed set features 33 hours of Clunes. (www.acornmedia.com; $124.99; not rated)
Cabaret 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition. Liza Minnelli is superb in Bob Fosse's masterful adaptation of The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood. Pure movie magic. (www.wbshop.com; $27.98; rated PG)
Damages: The Complete Series. Machiavelli could learn a trick or two from Glenn Close's Emmy-winning role as cutthroat New York attorney Patty Hewes. Rose Byrne stars as her one-time protegee and rival in this gripping legal drama that ran for five seasons. (www.sonypictures.com/; $95.99 DVDonly; not rated)
Keeping Up Appearances: Collector's Edition. Patricia Routledge is hilarious as an affected, social-climbing, middle-class wife in this classic British sitcom from the 1990s. This 10-disc set features all five seasons. (www.bbc.com/shop; $158.72; not rated)
Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition. Watch Julie Andrews bop around for the kids in this family classic. (http://movies.disney.com/watch-at-home; $29.99 DVD; $39.99 Blu-ray; rated G)
Mickey's Christmas Carol 30th Anniversary - Special Edition. Celebrate the holidays with Mickey, Goofy, and Donald with a new editon of this 1983 animated film. (http://movies.disney.com/watch-at-home; $36.99 Blu-ray/DVD Combo; rated G)
Mod Squad: Complete Collection. Life is way groovy in the Mod Squad world - even the crooks are cooler in this late-'60s hippie crimefighters drama starring Michael Cole, Peggy Lipton, and Clarence Williams III. This massive 39-disc boxed set contains all 123 episodes from the show's five seasons. (www.visualentertainment.tv; $219.95; not rated)
Tales of the City: 20th Anniversary Edition. Author Armistead Maupin's stylish chronicle of life in 1970s San Francisco caused quite a stir when it was adapted for TV in 1983. The six-episode mini-series stars younger incarnations of some of our favorite stars, including Laura Linney, Thomas Gibson, Billy Campbell, and Parker Posey. (www.acornmedia.com; $49.99; not rated)
Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Classics. For the gangster geek: This five-disc Blu-ray collection includes Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, The Petrified Forest, and White Heat. (www.wbshop.com; $49.99; not rated)
Ultimate Gangsters Collection: Contemporary. Prefer modern mobsters? This five-disc Blu-ray set includes three entries from the master of crime pics, Martin Scorsese - Mean Streets, Goodfellas, and The Departed. Michael Mann's Heat and Brian De Palma's The Untouchables round out the set. (www.wbshop.com; $49.99; rated R)