Once upon a time, the only way to bestow a Doctor Who gift at Christmas was to hand-knit a multicolored scarf. But all that changed when geeks inherited the Earth. These days, you can find ridiculously cool loot for practically every geeky franchise imaginable — from H.R. Giger plush toys to DeLorean time machines made out of Lego. Here's our shortlist for the geekiest goodies to buy this Christmas (for yourself, natch.)
[Note: Some of the below items are only available internationally, which means you've probably left it too late if you're purchasing for Christmas. However — some stores, such as ThinkGeek do offer dinky purchase certificates so you can let your loved one know what's coming in the mail. Problem solved! Now, onto the geekiness...]
Aliens Plush Toys [Think Geek]
Now you can cuddle up to your very own xenomorph and dismembered android! These guys will set you back $23.99 and $19.99, respectively.
Raspberry Pi [Raspberry Pi]
The ultimate gift in geek computing, the Raspberry Pi will keep the whizkid in your life busy with DIY projects until next Christmas. Click here to see just a few of the amazing hacks people have pulled off with this platform. Pricing starts at around $45.
Lego DeLorean time machine [Lego]
It's the flying time machine car from Back To The Future in Lego form! The model comes with opening gull-wing doors, fold-up wheels, the iconic flux capacitor and a pair of license plates, plus Lego minifigures of Marty McFly and Doc. Bless. The Lego DeLorean time machine retails for $69.99.
RIS 9000 Bluetooth Speaker & Speakerphone [Think Geek]
Modeled after the homicidal computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, this slightly sinister creation is designed to give Siri on the iPhone sentience. (Sort of.) The inbuilt mic picks up your voice and the embedded speaker amplifies Siri's spoken responses, meaning you never have to press the button again. The glowing eye also flickers along with Siri's voice. It sells for $59.99.
Stormtrooper Designer Star Wars Watch [Zeon]
This bad boy is made from genuine leather, stainless steel and glass. It's water-resistant up to 50 meters and comes with a collector's certificate with serial number and a black and silver padded box. It retails for $149.95.
Game of Thrones Tyrion Statue [Dark Horse]
Now you can take home the best part of Game Of Thrones, at 1:1 scale. (Actually, it measures 10 inches in height and 9.5 inches across its base, but close enough.) The Imp will set you back $199.99.
Portal 2 Inter-Spatial Portal Earrings (J!NX)
Sometimes I kinda wish I was a girl. This is one of those moments.
TARDIS Christmas Tree Ornament [ThinkGeek]
The Doctor Who TV Christmas special has become a traditional part of the holidays which makes this the perfect gift for Whovians, whatever their creed. The only downside is that they'll have to wait until next Christmas to enjoy it (unless they're a Time Lord.) You can also get dalek and cybermen variants. They cost $12.99 apiece.
Police Box Mini Dress [Black Milk]
Just don't make any jokes about it being bigger on the inside.
The Rainbow Connection [Hallmark]
Lifehacker editor Angus is a massive Muppets fan so I'm including this one for him. This Frank Oz-flavoured ornament plays The Rainbow Connection from the original Muppet Movie from 1979. It also comes with a hook in the back so you can hang it off your Christmas tree, or whatever. It costs $19.95.
Authentic 1966 Batmobile [Hammacher Schlemmer]
For the geek who has everything: it's the officially licensed Batmobile from the 1960s TV show! Built on a custom Lincoln chassis, this luxury ride comes with a 430-horsepower, 383 Blueprint Crate engine and a rear-facing propane tank that creates the same afterburner effect as the original. Other crime-fighting goodies include a blinking Batphone, switch-operated electric actuators that open the hood and trunk, a rotating red beacon on the roof, a glowing detect-a-scope screen, a Batbeam ray that raises from a hood-mounted antenna and (empty) rear parachute packs. It costs a cool $200,000. Holy extravagant Christmas gift, Batman!