When I was younger, we didn't have cable. Outside of this forcing me to watch repeats of my favorite sitcoms and being able to learn every line for episodes of Growing Pains and Perfect Strangers, it also led to a lot of channel hopping. Occasionally, I actually stopped on PBS (there were very few channels and so this was natural) and caught a glimpse of—forgive me—a schlocky old science fiction show with some guy in a really long scarf and with funny hair. He would be battling humans wearing ill-fitting monster suits or generally yelling at someone and using funny words. I didn't know it at the time, but I was watching Doctor Who.
I was more aware of what Doctor Who was when FOX aired Paul McGann's incarnation in a failed attempt to revive the series. And, by the time I watched Coupling, I knew enough about Doctor Who to laugh at the Dalek joke about hiding behind sofas and to know that the only thing to like about Oliver was his affinity for the classic sci-fi series. Certainly, by the time Christopher Eccleston's Doctor smiled at Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and told her to come with him if she wanted to live, I knew Doctor Who.
Some would call me a television fanatic. While I'd quibble with those people, explaining that I know people who watch oodles and oodles and oodles more television than I do, I unquestionably have an at times unhealthy relationship with the medium (but it has helped provide me with a living, so could it really be all that unhealthy?). There are shows, however, to which I find myself drawn… like The Doctor's TARDIS is drawn to trouble.
Today, Doctor Who isn't just on that list of shows, Doctor Who tops that list (even if I truly believe things are not currently headed in the right direction). It pains me that the seasons are so short. It pains me when they get split in two. It pains me when the episodes aren't very good, and it pains me more when they are and I have to wait another seven days to see the next one. I miss Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) and Rose and Martha (Freema Agyeman) and Donna (Catherine Tate) and the Ninth Doctor (David Tennant) and the Tenth Doctor. I feel like I have gone on their journeys with them and I love opportunities to revisit the series.
Enter the reason why you're here, and we'll take this somewhat slowly (as if we weren't already).
At the end of November, BBC America issued a stupendously big Doctor Who gift set. It is a 41-DVD box set with all the episodes of the new show (prior to the current season), some bonus features talking about the series which had not previously been released, a sonic screwdriver (Eleventh Doctor and therefore green), art cards, and a Doctor Who at Comic Con comic. Essentially, it's everything you want to watch from the new series all put together in one mammoth box along with some fun odds and ends. It is a Doctor Who lover's dream come true.