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The Ultimate Guide (2013 documentary)

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Doctor Who The Ultimate Guide
Subject: Doctor Who's 50-year history
Originally broadcast on: BBC Three
Original broadcast date: 18 November 2013
Runtime: approx. 2 hours
Key crew
Narrator: Russell Tovey
Interviewees: Sophie Aldred, Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Noel Clarke, Peter Davison, Karen Gillan, Louise Jameson, Bruno Langley, Katy Manning, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Steven Moffat, David Tennant
Director: Tom Cohen
Executive producer: Mark Cossey
Producer: Tom Cohen
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The Ultimate Guide was a documentary made by BBC Events Production in London which aired on BBC Three in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who. It gave a broad overview of the show's history, and interviewed many people involved in its production over the years, including five of the actors who portrayed the Doctor: Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann and David Tennant — as well as the current executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat.

The documentary also featured former Doctor Who cast members Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, Noel Clarke, Karen Gillan, Louise Jameson, Bruno Langley, and Katy Manning. Moreover, it contained interviews with a series of British personalities, such as Tom Craine, Jon Culshaw, Joel Dommett, Rick Edwards, Konnie Huq, McFly, Al Murray, Ricky Norwood and Kayvan Novak.

The documentary was book-ended by a short sketch featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald in the TARDIS.

Sketch Edit

Clara arrives, bags in hand, ready to go on a holiday to a sun destination, only to find a very confused Doctor in the TARDIS. She soon discovers that the Doctor has somehow erased most of his memories due to fiddling with the TARDIS' telepathic circuits. To help him restore them, she pulls the Doctor's 1,200 Year Diary out of a storage compartment and together, the two begin reminiscing about his lives.

Finally, the Doctor's memories are restored thanks to the book, which leaves him saddened as he says it was easier not remembering the people he'd lost over the years. Clara reassures him that he is a man who never runs from danger and has helped save billions of lives. Cheered up, the Doctor puts the TARDIS in flight as they resume their holiday.

Continuity Edit

Musical tracks Edit

Although the documentary wasn't produced by the same team that had done Doctor Who Confidential, it shared with Confidential a musical soundtrack dominated by extremely modern music. Indeed, most of its soundtrack came from no earlier than 2008, with many tracks coming from 2013 itself, including:

Though the soundtrack definitely skewed towards 2013, the odd older track made its way in, such as when Beck's "Loser" was used to introduce the character of Mickey Smith, or "Baba O'Riley" for the Fourth Doctor.

Cut downs Edit

A Cut down version is available in at least two parts.

Notes Edit

  • The opening credits from Series 7B are used to open the documentary, but omitting the screen credits for Smith and Coleman and a writer credit. The closing credits, however, are the Series 7A version of the credits.

Home video releases Edit

The Ultimate Guide was released on both DVD and Blu-ray in the 50th anniversary collector's edition box set.

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