Television fans must love the holidays, because it’s the one time of year when studios unleash a host of massive box sets collecting their favorite dramas and comedies. This year is no different, with several critically acclaimed shows getting the complete series treatment. But while we like to devour an entire TV show just as quickly as the next person, sometimes a little self-discipline is required, which is why we’ve also included some less time-consuming (and more affordable) suggestions as well.
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The Wonder Years: The Complete Series
Can it really have been way back in 2006 when we put “The Wonder Years” at the top of our list of the 15 shows that we most wanted to see released on DVD? 2014 has been a damned good year for that list – now that “Batman” and “WKRP” are finally available, the only things left that we’re still waiting to see released are “Sifl & Olly” and “Ed” – but nothing’s made us as happy as the arrival of a miniature locker containing two faux Trapper Keeper notebooks filled with 26 discs worth of “The Wonder Years.” In addition to the 115 episodes, there’s also over 23 hours of bonus material, including footage from the recent cast reunion, tons of interviews with cast, creators and numerous guest stars, 10 newly-created featurettes, and outtakes from the filming of Kevin and Winnie’s first kiss…which, in case you didn’t know, was also Fred Savage and Danica McKellar’s first kiss as well! Lastly, when you pop open the locker – don’t worry, there’s no lock, so you don’t need to memorize a combination – you’ll also find a hardcover “yearbook” filled with behind-the-scenes pictures and notes from the cast. It’s so totally worth the wait.
Batman: The Complete Television Series
Whether you grew up in the late 60s when it originally aired, or watched the reruns that played throughout the following decades, chances are that the “Batman” TV series was a big part of your childhood. One of the best things about the show is that it operates on multiple levels, so whereas you were attracted to the suspense, action and colorful production design as a kid, when revisiting the series as an adult, you’re able to enjoy the subtler, campier aspects. It certainly helped that it had such a game cast, from stars Adam West and Bruce Ward, to its cavalcade of villain guest stars – most notably Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith and Julie Newmar – all of whom understood exactly what kind of show they were making. “Batman” is one of the few classic TV series that still holds up today, which is why it’s so surprising that it took this long for it to be released on Blu-ray. The new digital restoration looks fantastic for a show that’s nearly 50 years old, with all 120 episodes presented in their original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The Blu-ray set also comes with hours of bonus material, including a retrospective on the show’s production and its legacy, a roundtable discussion with West and other Bat-fanatics, the original “Batgirl” pilot, screen tests for West and Ward, as well second-choice Lyle Waggoner (Batman) and Peter Deyell (Robin), and much more. And as if that wasn’t enough, it also comes with a Hot Wheels replica Batmobile, while the box itself plays the “Batman” theme song. Holy Fan Service, Batman!
Sons of Anarchy: The Collector’s Set
Throughout its seven-year run, “Sons of Anarchy” has been compared to everything from “The Sopranos” to “Hamlet,” and although such comparisons aren’t totally unwarranted, the outlaw biker drama has formed its own legacy as one of the most talked-about shows on television. The journey to its conclusion hasn’t been perfect, but you can hardly fault creator Kurt Sutter, who has remained true to his original vision no matter what the critics or fans have to say about it. That stubbornness has worked both for and against the show, and in most cases, it’s only helped it to evolve and improve along the way. Though essentially a male soap opera in its blending of machismo and the bond of brotherhood, “Sons of Anarchy” may not have been the smartest drama on TV, but it was always one of the best acted, from its core trio of Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal, to the excellent supporting cast and incredible roster of guest stars. We still don’t know how the whole thing is going to end (at the time of press, the season finale is still days away), but it doesn’t change the fact that this new Collector’s Set should be at the top of every Crow Eater’s wish list. It includes the first six seasons on Blu-ray – and a spot for the final season when it’s released – packaged in a sturdy mini-replica of the iconic SAMCRO clubhouse table. The perfect centerpiece for any diehard fan’s collection.
The Sopranos: The Complete Series
If ever a box set didn’t need any additional promotion from us, it’s this one. After all, it’s not like anyone’s forgotten that “The Sopranos” was a brilliant drama that effectively changed the television landscape forever. Still, the fact that it’s finally available on Blu-ray is certainly worth trumpeting, and in case you’re wondering, it looks pretty great. Granted, the first season doesn’t look as spectacular as you might’ve hoped, probably just because it’s the oldest of the bunch, but things start to look better and better as you progress through the life and times of Tony, Carmella and the crew. And by the time “Don’t Stop Believin’” stops abruptly and the screen cuts to black, most viewers will be so caught up in the goings-on that they won’t be focusing all that heavily on the picture quality, anyway. As for the bonus material, the best bit is the new 45-minute-long documentary, “Defining a Television Landmark,” where cast, crew, celebs, filmmakers and academics discuss the impact and influence of the series, but there are also lost scenes, two roundtable dinners with cast and crew, 25 audio commentaries and more. All this and digital copies of the episodes too? Bada-bing!
True Blood: The Complete Series
Loosely based on Charlaine Harris’ book series about a half-human/half-fairy telepath working as a waitress in the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps, “True Blood” debuted just as vampires were becoming cool again. Creator Alan Ball couldn’t have timed its release any better, and that paid off in spades for HBO, which really needed a hit following the conclusion of “The Sopranos.” Though the supernatural drama delivered campy fun on occasion (primarily during the earlier seasons) with its delicious blend of sex, violence and dark humor, most of the time, it was just a bunch of silly, derivative garbage evocative of a trashy airport novel. The only reason that most people came back every week was for the cast – including Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten and Deborah Ann Woll – who helped keep things amusing even when the storylines had gone completely off the rails. With that said, there’s a reason that “True Blood” managed to stay on the air for seven seasons, and that’s because the show has a dedicated fanbase that will sink its teeth into this new Blu-ray collection, which boasts enhanced viewing extras (like character bios, pop-up facts and the ability to flash back and forward to reveal the significance of certain scenes), as well as hours of other special features. Pair this with a case of Tru Blood for the ultimate fangbanger gift.
Spartacus: The Complete Series – Limited Edition
The bloody, sweaty and sex-drenched historical drama “Spartacus” may have been unlike anything else on TV, but no one could have anticipated the roller coaster journey that the show experienced during its four seasons on Starz, from the death of original star Andy Whitfield, to the casting of Liam McIntyre as his replacement… heck, even the prequel miniseries (“Gods of Arena”) that was produced to give Whitfield time to recover from his leukemia treatment. Starz could have easily closed up shop and cut their losses after Whitfield’s passing, so credit to them for soldiering on, not only for the sake of the show’s cast and crew, but the fans as well. Though the show isn’t without its flaws – including sketchy green screen effects and an incredibly predictable formula – it also features some of the best stunt work on TV, a solid leading man in both Whitfield and McIntyre (although we prefer the latter), and great supporting turns by John Hannah, Lucy Lawless and Dustin Clare. Its inevitable conclusion was rather anti-climactic, but “Spartacus” never failed to be the pulpy guilty pleasure that its creators no doubt intended, and fans can now revisit the series with this limited edition complete series set, which features a collector’s figurine and new bonus content not previously included on the season sets. Grab a bottle of wine and enjoy.
The Office: The Complete Series
Hollywood doesn’t have a very good track record of adapting British TV series for American audiences, which makes the success of “The Office” that much more impressive, especially considering just how beloved the award-winning BBC comedy was on both sides of the pond. Though the show experienced its share of growing pains during the six-episode first season (partly due to sticking a little too closely to the original source material), the U.S. version eventually found its own voice thanks to some great writing and a pitch-perfect cast comprised of Steve Carrell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. As the series continued to evolve, so did the size of the roles for its background actors (something the British version never had time to explore), which helped to extend its life well beyond what anyone expected. It probably could have lasted even longer if not for Carrell’s decision to leave the show after the seventh season, because despite soldiering on for two more years, “The Office” never quite felt the same without Michael Scott. Whether or not you choose to ignore those final seasons, there’s no denying that “The Office” was one of the most entertaining comedies on network TV, and with all 201 episodes and over 15 hours of bonus material included on this complete series set, you’ll be busy laughing (and in some cases, crying) until next Christmas.
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery
When this set was released this summer, it was quite the celebration among the cult series’ legion of followers, and with good reason: In addition to including the feature film “Fire Walk With Me” alongside the series for the very first time, the set offers up a squee-inducing 90 minutes of deleted material from the film (in addition to hours and hours of other bonus material), all presented in pristine high-def. Yet the Blu-ray was still something that mostly only fans gravitated toward, given that the show’s been off the air for 25 years. Much has changed in the past six months, and now it’s official: Showtime will unveil a brand new nine-episode season of “Twin Peaks” in early 2016, written and directed by its creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost. This development makes this box set a perfect holiday gift for, well, damn near anyone who appreciates great television. It could take a good year to pore over this material several times to get the most out of the “Twin Peaks” experience before the new episodes hit. Few series are as satisfying to share with the uninitiated as “Twin Peaks.” We recommend doing just that by gifting this set, followed by a viewing of the pilot with the giftee, along with some damn fine coffee and a couple slices of freshly baked cherry pie.
True Detective: The Complete First Season
Few shows have had such a spellbinding effect on its audience like HBO’s “True Detective,” the gritty crime drama that feels more like an eight-hour movie than a limited TV series. That’s because everything about the show is incredibly cinematic, from the smart writing by creator Nic Pizzolatto, to the brilliant direction by Cary Fukunaga, to Adam Arkapaw’s gorgeous cinematography. This is the kind of show that requires absolute patience and trust in the storytellers, opting for a slow-burning pace that allows the characters to evolve naturally over the course of its time-jumping narrative. Unlike most crime dramas, the mystery surrounding the killer’s identity is never as important as Rust and Marty’s respective arcs, and that’s what makes it such rich and gripping television. Well, that and two knockout performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who deliver some of the best work of their careers as the strikingly different partners. They elevate “True Detective” from a damn good drama to one that will be remembered as one of the greatest shows of its time, and while that kind of praise only heaps even more pressure on Pizzolatto for Season Two, if the first season is anything to go by, he’s definitely up for the challenge.
House of Cards: Season Two
Season Two of “House of Cards” will likely be labeled a disappointment by some, but while it’s noticeably weaker than the Netflix drama’s debut season, it’s still better than a vast majority of the shows on television. After all, there aren’t many series that would kill off one of its main characters in the first episode, especially in such ruthless and shocking fashion, but it’s a necessary move that signals a change in the direction of the show. The ancillary subplots aren’t nearly as interesting this time around (particularly the stuff between Michael Kelly’s Chief of Staff and Rachel Brosnahan’s reformed call girl), and even the main story feels a bit stretched at times with the constant back and forth between Underwood and Raymond Tusk, but there’s rarely a dull moment thanks to the excellent writing and performances. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are in top form once again as the conniving husband-and-wife duo, while Molly Parker (of “Deadwood” fame) is a welcome addition to the cast as the new House Whip. And when you have characters as brilliantly realized as the ones that populate “House of Cards,” you’re allowed a few missteps every once in a while.
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season
The fourth season of “The Walking Dead” may be plagued by many of the same problems as previous years, but while its tendency to let plotlines drag on for too long causes the show to grind to a halt at times, the renewed focus on keeping the story moving even when its characters aren’t plays a huge part in its success. Though the first half of the season is bogged down by the silly virus storyline, the Governor’s return (from the pair of episodes detailing his whereabouts, to his eventual assault on the prison) serves as the impetus to the much stronger second half. It was a pretty gutsy move on the part of the writers to split up the group dynamic that makes the series so compelling, but it’s probably the best thing they could have done, because it’s refreshing to spend certain episodes focused on a handful of characters. Not only does it allow for more character development, but it gives some of the more peripheral characters their chance to shine. That may result in fewer thrills, but Season Four seems to have finally struck the perfect balance between zombie action and human drama, and although audiences love the former, there aren’t many shows that do drama better than “The Walking Dead.”
Fargo: Season One
On paper, “Fargo” sounds dreadfully pedestrian: A 10-episode reimagining of the iconography and ideas laid down by the Coen brothers nearly 20 years ago in their Academy Award-winning film of the same name. This is the sort of thing that just shouldn’t be tampered with, right? Apparently not, as in practice this TV version is so smart, so tight and so engaging that it all but makes one forget the movie entirely, and to be sure, that’s not a statement that was typed lightly. There were many surprises on our TVs throughout 2014, but surely nothing as astonishing in its continued ability to captivate as “Fargo.” Violent drifter and con-man Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) visits the town of Bemidji, Minnesota, with eyes on his mark, successful businessman Stavros Milos (Oliver Platt). But Malvo never counted on crossing paths with wormy local Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman), and the two men ultimately find their fates entwined, resulting in plenty of crime for down-home police officers Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) to investigate. But there’s also whimsy and humor to balance out the dark and the grim. This TV version “Fargo” is an undeniably unforgettable, entertaining riff on something that was pretty damn memorable in the first place.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete First Season
As with most Joss Whedon-created shows, the first season of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is a bit rocky at times, struggling to find its voice as the small-screen companion to Marvel’s bigger and better movies. But while the first 13 episodes are incredibly hit-and-miss, the series eventually finds its groove in the latter half of the season, delivering the kind of supplemental stories that further enriches the Marvel cinematic universe. The show feels a little cheesy at times due to the budgetary restraints, and some of the cast members (namely Chloe Benet and Brett Dalton) have a daytime soap opera feel to their performances, but when it’s firing on all cylinders, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is a lot of fun. That’s never truer than in the final batch of episodes featuring Bill Paxton as a traitorous S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working for Hydra – a subplot that was introduced concurrently with the theatrical release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” This kind of integrated storytelling is what “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” promised from the very beginning, and although it may seem gimmicky, it allows Marvel Studios to connect the two mediums in a way that expands their cinematic universe without making the show feel essential to understanding the movies.
The Blacklist: The Complete First Season
In recent years, few network dramas not written by Shonda Rhimes have immediately captured the public’s attention quite like “The Blacklist.” So popular is the show that it’s often credited as having saved NBC (though we suspect NBC would still be around without it, just with more critical snark lobbed in its direction). James Spader, who won three Emmys for his role as Alan Shore on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal,” effortlessly slips out of lawyer mode and into criminal as Raymond “Red” Reddington. In the dazzling series opener, Reddington marches into FBI Headquarters, gets down on his knees, and places his hands on head. FBI facial recognition software pegs him as one of its ten most wanted fugitives, and he’s quickly surrounded by an arsenal of weaponry pointed at his head. Reddington offers the FBI ongoing information that will lead to the capture of more high profile criminals, on one condition: He gets to work with rookie profiler Elizabeth Keene (Megan Boone). What follows is a tense and clever riff on the standard procedural, decorated with a host of ongoing mysteries involving the sly, worldly Reddington, not the least of which is, “Why all the interest in Lizzie?”
WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series
Baby, if you’ve ever wondered whatever came of the idea of working out the incredibly elaborate music rights to “WKRP in Cincinnati” so that the series could be released without cutting the episodes to shreds like Fox did when they released Season One in 2007, wonder no more: Shout Factory has saved the day…or at least they’ve saved it as much as anyone possibly could save it while producing a complete series set that’s still affordable to the average consumer. Having watched all 90 episodes, we can assure you that the amount of music that they successfully licensed is amazing, and while it’s always disappointing for a series to not be 100% as you remember it, you can see from this list that Shout Factory worked hard for you. As far as special features go, there are two featurettes (“Do My Eyes Say Yes” and “A ‘Fish Story” Story), a conversation with Gary Sandy, and the “WKRP” Paley Center reunion that took place earlier this year. It’s disappointing that there aren’t any audio commentaries, but it’s the show itself that people have been waiting to see, and you’ll be pleased to know that it still holds up in a big way.
The Jeffersons: The Complete Series
It doesn’t take more than sitting through a couple episodes of “The Jeffersons” for the catchy “Movin’ On Up” theme song to get lodged in your head…and that’s to say nothing of the hypnotic, smoky piano bar version that plays over the end credits. The show lasted for 11 seasons and produced an amazing 253 episodes (here spread across 32 discs) of characters essentially just bitching back and forth at one another. Yet outside of its parent series, “All in the Family,” you’ll be hard-pressed to find a show that does that as effortlessly and humorously as “The Jeffersons.” The single most fascinating aspect of the series from today’s vantage point is how un-PC it is, and a variety of different racial epithets (including the N-word) that could never be uttered on TV sitcom today, are used in different situations to blistering comedic effect. In addition to the series, the set features a 33rd disc with the “All in the Family” episode in which George and Weezy moved from Queens to Manhattan; an episode of “Checking In,” the short-lived spin-off with sassy maid Florence (Marla Gibbs); and the hour-long pilot for “E/R” (the sitcom with Elliot Gould), which featured Hemsley as Jefferson. Also included is a booklet detailing every episode and an essay by critic Tom Shales.
Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series
It’s been a long wait for fans of Gabe Kaplan’s high school-set sitcom to be able to enjoy the adventures of the Sweathogs beyond Season One, which had previously been the only season of the show available on DVD, but Shout Factory gets a pat on the back for making it happen. (Of course, given that we’re dealing with Barbarino, Epstein, Horshack and Washington, make sure they didn’t use that pat on the back as an opportunity to put a “Kick Me” sign there.) As you revisit the series, you’ll find yourself recalling how things started to fall apart after John Travolta left for big screen stardom, but there are enough laughs to keep you watching through all 95 episodes. It’s a shame we never got to see the Sweathogs graduate, but what’s even sadder is that the long-awaited arrival of a complete series set of “Welcome Back, Kotter” was so quickly followed by the death of Marcia Strassman. Still, at least we can look back at her work and remember her fondly, and – better yet – she actually hosts the set’s lone featurette, “Only a Few Degrees from a Sweathog,” so you actually get more of Mrs. Kotter than anyone else.
The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series
If you’ve ever played the TV-themed drinking game that requires you to take a drink whenever the words “Hi, Bob” are uttered, prepare to get wasted: Shout Factory has picked up the ball dropped by 20th Century Fox and released a complete series set of “The Bob Newhart Show,” the series that turned an already-hilarious deadpan stand-up comedian into a full-fledged sitcom star. In addition to the 142 episodes of the show, you also get a 2014 roundtable with Newhart, Peter Bonerz, Jack Riley, Bill Daily and Michael Zinberg, the unaired version of the pilot episode, the 1991 reunion special (“The Bob Newhart Show 19th Anniversary”), audio commentaries carried over from the previous set (which means you still get to hear wonderful reminiscences from the late Suzanne Pleshette and Tom Poston), a gag reel and a 40-page collectible booklet. It’s also worth noting that Shout Factory is in the process of releasing the individual season sets that Fox never got around to putting out, but even if you’re hesitant about buying this when you already have the sets for the first three seasons, trust us when we tell you that the bonus material makes it worth buying the whole shebang.
The Merv Griffin Show: 1962-1986
His name may not mean as much to younger viewers, but once upon a time, Merv Griffin was right up there with Mike Douglas as one of the great talk-show hosts of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, but because he’s been gone for so long (he died in 2007) and hadn’t maintained a regular TV presence since 1986, far too many people have forgotten how much fun his show was. That’s why this new set, which contains 12 discs, 44 episodes and an additional seven hours of bonus material, is not only a kick to watch, but is also likely to be legitimately educational. Griffin’s guests were almost absurdly diverse, as evidenced by the first episode on the set, which features Phyllis Diller and Captain Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese pilot who helped plan and lead the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Want more diversity? You also get episodes featuring appearances by Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick, Jerry Lewis and Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Minnie Pearl, Salvador Dali, Norman Rockwell, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Wayne, Jack Benny, Don Rickles and Mr. T, and Willie Mays hitting baseballs into the audience. (Are you sold yet?)
Sherlock: The Complete Seasons 1-3 Limited Edition Gift Set
One wonders if Arthur Conan-Doyle’s most famous creations, Holmes and Watson, have ever been as popular in America as they are today. Most of that’s due to the immense popularity of this TV series, which is actually more of a series of TV movies – nine to be exact, with more on the way next year. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, this Sherlock, updated for the 21st century, has been capturing hearts, minds and imaginations for the past few years, and now BBC has put together a handsome gift box to honor one of its most popular exports. Included are all nine films on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as two bonus discs (one of each format) featuring interviews, outtakes, a deleted scene and two new Season Three documentaries: “Unlocking Sherlock” and “Sherlock Uncovered.” Also new to the set are commentaries for the Season Three episodes “The Empty Hearse” and “The Last Vow.” Finally, there are two art cards of Holmes and Watson, and the centerpieces of the entire affair are two heavy mini-busts of the protagonists, standing at about 6 inches each, which would look quite fine resting on either side of a Sherlockian’s computer monitor.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
If you were a child of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, then there’s a pretty good chance that you were a fan of the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” animated series that aired from 1987 to 1996, which also means that you can probably still recite the lyrics to its catchy theme song. Though several renditions of the Ninja Turtles have been introduced to new generations of fans in the years since (the current cartoon airing on Nickelodeon is actually pretty good), the classic series is hands-down the best of the bunch, which is why we’re happier than a pizza-loving hero in a half-shell that it’s finally been given the complete series treatment. Previously released as individual season sets, the new collection features all 193 episodes spread across 23 discs and packaged in a cool keepsake Turtle van. Whether you’re just feeling nostalgic or want to pass on the joy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to a child or nephew, accept no substitutes.
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series
Come on in, and pull yourself up a chair (like Chairry!). Let the fun begin, it’s time to let down your hair! “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” like so much great TV, is both completely derivative and utterly original. It’s derivative in that Paul Reubens found inspiration in the children’s programming of his youth, such as “Howdy Doody” and “Captain Kangaroo,” yet it’s original because of the sheer amount of imagination he and his zany cohorts brought to the table. Episodes take place in the elaborately decorated and furnished titular playhouse, with regular appearances from Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne), Captain Carl (Phil Hartman), Reba the Mail Lady (S. Epatha Merkerson), Magic Screen, Jambi the Genie, Pterri, Chairry, The King of Cartoons and many more, including a very young Natasha Lyonne. Included is the hour-long Christmas special which sports a commentary track and ten featurettes. The series ran for five seasons from ‘86 to ’90, and though it only produced 45 episodes, each and every one is its own little gem. And now they’re all available remastered with crystal clear imagery and sound on high-def Blu-ray. “Playhouse” is a series parents and kids alike will appreciate, and the episodes look better here than they did upon their original broadcasts.
Doctor Who: The Matt Smith Years
Though the Eleventh Doctor is now truly well and gone, that doesn’t mean he can’t still be celebrated, and the folks at BBC have put together a bang-up collection celebrating the era of “Doctor Who” in which the series finally took America by storm. Indeed, for many folks here in the States, Matt Smith’s bow tie-wearing madman in a box was their first exposure to the series, and so they quite rightly feel close to and protective of him. As the title implies, this gorgeous 16-disc Blu-ray box set includes all three of Smith’s seasons, all of the Christmas specials, “The Day of the Doctor” (with optional 3D), “The Time of the Doctor,” the TV-movie “An Adventure in Space and Time,” and hours and hours of extras all ported over from the original releases. Finally, it offers up a sweet bonus disc featuring five hours of material that cannot be found elsewhere on Blu-ray in the States: “The Death of the Doctor,” the two-part “Sarah Jane Adventures” story guest starring Smith and Katy Manning; “The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot,” Peter Davison’s brilliant comedic contribution to the show’s 50th anniversary; “Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide,” a two-hour documentary about the history of the series; “Doctor Who Proms 2013,” a 75-minute orchestral concert; and “The Day of the Doctor: From Script to Screen,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 50th Anniversary special.