It's a Who-palooza on DVD this week.
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor
2013 marked the 50th anniversary of television's longest-running sci-fi franchise and the momentous occasion was observed by a plethora of TV specials, convention appearances and numerous other examples of fan service that went on all year long. But all that was just a prelude for this one-shot special, which united outgoing Doctor Matt Smith and discarded Doctor David Tennant (Doctors 11 and 10, respectively) for a Star Trek: Generations-style crossover (though significantly better than Generations, thankfully) that was simulcast both in the show's native country of the U.K. as well as in the U.S. The gist of the plot involves Smith and Tennant joining forces with John Hurt's "War Doctor" (a role that many assume was written for the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, who didn't participate in the reunion, although 4th Doctor, Tom Baker, did) to save their home world of Gallifrey from being destroyed at the latter's own hand. But really, the main attraction of the special is the numerous shout-outs and references to Who lore, from debates over the origin of "timey-wimey" to the return of Billie Piper. Non-Whovians will have next to no idea what's going on, but for the franchise's legions of fans, The Day of the Doctor will leave them jonesing for fifty more years of trips in the TARDIS.
Extras: Two mini-episode prequels and a pair of featurettes
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Futurama: Volume 8
Futurama may be gone (again), but it's legacy will live on in syndication and DVD, through fan-friendly collections like this eight and final volume, which offers the show's last thirteen episodes. (Expect a Complete Series set to follow sometime in 2014.) If the show had to return to the TV graveyard, at least it went out on a solid final season, with a finale that brought the ongoing Fry and Leela saga to appropriately moving and cosmic close. All glory to Futurama -- future humans will probably be watching it on their holo-TVs in the year 3000.
Extras: Commentary tracks on all thirteen episodes, deleted scenes, a three-part making-of documentary and a peek inside the writers' room.
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