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Monday, 21 July 2008

Doctor Who is a tonic for BBC

Doctor Who proved a stellar hit for the BBC's commercial arm, helping boost profits by 17 per cent.

The Time Lord's latest series - starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate - has been sold to 41 countries with fans snapping up previous stories on DVD.

It helped lift profits at BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster's business division, to almost £118million in the year to April.

Success selling the Strictly Come Dancing format abroad also boosted takings and there are plans for a Chilean The Office and a Spanish Life On Mars. Money from BBC Worldwide goes back into programme-making.