Monday, 24 May 2010


[14.20 - French Time] Doctor Who remains one of the biggest money maker brands of BBC Worldwide, along with the sale of other hit shows or formats. The Beeb's commercial arm has reported profits of around £140 million this year.

Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, disclosed the profit figure in a conference speech at Chatham House in London ahead of the publication of the annual report of Worldwide in July. It is well up on last year’s £103 million profit, thanks to the sale of formats of The Office, Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing, or The Weakest Link.

According to BBC Worldwide, Doctor Who has been sold to more than 50 territories, with over 3.3m DVDs and more than 7m action figures sold in 2009 alone. Ironically, the show is still reputed non-profitable in France where fans are still waiting for a region 2 French DVD box set of series four.

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