The X-Files is a fairly old TV programme. Not hugely old, but old enough that a bunch of major problems Mulder and Scully faced in the first few seasons would be rendered moot by the modern smartphone. It's been 14 years since it left the air, but after all that time the show is coming back to television screens across the world. The new series started in the US last week, and it's due to hit Channel 5 on the 8th of February.
If you've been eagerly anticipating the return of The X-Files, then you might want to check out some of these great gifts.
X-Files Season 1-9 Box Set, £50/£300
The new series is closing in fast, but it's been a long time since the X-Files was on TV, so you might want to catch up. This box set has all nine seasons on DVD for you to binge watch through and revisit all of Mulder and Scully's wacky adventures. Just remember that he two films aren't included, so you have to get those separately.
The Lone Gunmen, £15
Mulder's ragtag band of conspiracy theorists and hackers tend to be one of the highlights of many X-Files episodes, so it kind of made sense that they got a series of their own. It didn't last long, but it's there for you to enjoy. [Buy it here]
Millennium Seasons 1-3 Box Set, £30
It's not so obvious from watching, but Millennium does exist in the world of The X-Files, and even officially crossed over to tie up loose ends when the former was cancelled. It follows retired serial profiler Frank Black, played by Aliens' Lance Henriksen, who has the ability to see into the minds of serial killers. Like the X-Files it also features conspiracies, which should keep you gripped throughout. [Buy it here]
The X-Files Season 10 Volume 1, £16
The X-Files' ending did have a lot of closure, but there were still questions unanswered and fans were still craving more Mulder and Scully. Enter Season 10, an official comic continuation of the story that was 100% canon until the new series came along. Nowadays, like the Star Wars EU, it's been bumped down a notch. Still, it's a great way to get a bit more of your supernatural crime-fighting fix. [Buy it here]
I Want to Believe Poster, £14
This poster lived on the wall (and sometimes the floor) of the FBI's basement X-Files office for many years, so no true fan should be without one. [Buy it here]
Agent Mully and Sculder Minifigures, £13 each
Lego refused to make official X-Files-themed minifigures, so you'll have to cope with these unofficial Lego-compatible toys instead. One based on Scully, and the other on Mulder. Just with slightly different names to avoid copyright issues. [Buy Mully here | Buy Sculder here]
Conspiracy Theories: A Guide to the World's Most Intriguing Mysteries, £9
The X-Files would be nothing without the conspiracies at its very core, and Mulder's ongoing obsession with them. Conspiracy theories are hardly make believe, even if the overwhelming majority are complete nonsense. There are so many theories out there that it's impossible to count them all. This book has a go, though, walking you through some of the world's most popular theories that may, or probably didn't happen. [Buy it here]
X-Files The Board Game, £42
Video games are so passé, and the X-Files ones are a bit crap. So time to head to the table-top variety. In this you have to travel the world and solve various supernatural investigations, while one player takes control of the antagonistic Smoking Man to try and foil their attempts. That should keep you nice and entertained, and maybe cause a few Monopoly-style arguments. [Buy it here]
Fringe Seasons 1-5 Box Set, £50
Fringe isn't a spin-off, but it was the closest thing television had to The X-Files in the past 14 years. It's got an FBI agent, a sceptic, crazy paranormal-like occurrences, and an over-arching mystery of sorts. Sound familiar? It's basically the same show, just with a mad scientist and occasional appearances from Leonard Nimoy. [Buy it here]
Tin Foil, £20
No conspiracy nut is complete without their trusty tin foil hat, because how else are you going to stop the government/aliens from reading your thoughts? We can't have that happening, so make sure you have a plentiful supply of foil to work with. [Buy it here]