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The Ultimate Guide was a documentary produced by BBC America, BBC Worldwide and BBC Wales. It was primarily used to introduce North American audiences to the BBC Wales version of Doctor Who. Consequently, it debuted on BBCA and was swiftly picked up by Space as well. On both networks, it was originally seen prior to the broadcast of The Eleventh Hour.

It opened with an overview of the RTD era, then spent the bulk of its runtime teasing elements of the then-unbroadcast series 5. It also provided background on notable enemies (the Daleks, Cybermen, and Weeping Angels) as well as companions (Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, and Amy Pond). The same production crew came together the following year to make Doctor Who: Rewind, a similar show that reviewed the events of series 5 just prior to the broadcast of series 6.

BBC America synopsis[edit | edit source]

Just in time for the U.S. premiere of Doctor Who, journey into the Doctor Who universe with BBC AMERICA's original program, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide. The program is an original, all-access look inside the world's biggest, most successful sci-fi television program.

Topics covered[edit | edit source]

The programme was split into the following titled segments:

  • A Series Regenerated 2005
  • Who is the Doctor?
  • Renegade Traveller
  • The TARDIS
  • Sonic Screwdriver
  • An Unconventional Hero
  • The Human Race
  • The Daleks
  • The Cybermen
  • Weeping Angels
  • Companions
  • Rose Tyler
  • Martha Jones
  • Donna Noble
  • Amy Pond
  • The New Season

People interviewed[edit | edit source]

Crew[edit | edit source]

BBC America Team

BBC Wales Team

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The opening titles use the Doctor Who closing theme music from Series 2 and 3, whilst throughout the rest of the programme the Series 5 theme music is used.

Home video releases[edit | edit source]

As of November 2020 this programme is not available commercially.

External links[edit | edit source]

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