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Published on March 24th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Toying with Success

Business news now, and Character Options has featured in a Guardian Business section article which focusses on their success with the Doctor Who toy line.

Umbrella company The Character Group has seen profits for the year out performing market predictions, with shares currently around 170p…

“The high street retailers have been reporting very mixed trading conditions, however, this is not being reflected in the group’s performance, which continues to strengthen,” said Character today.

Business news? Surely just an excuse to keep that portion of the newspaper relevant under the media onslaught of Freema Agyeman, David Tennant and various production staff and supporting actors? Very likely. For instance the news of Series 4 being confirmed ( which pretty much came from the horses mouth a couple of weeks ago) and the casting of John Simm have been reported extensively, such as in Digital Spy, while The Stage has dedicated a podcast to the Press Launch, a review of The Runaway Bride DVD and a chat with Julie Gardner. This is a good listen, but beware, the Q&A session with David Tennant and Freema Agyeman may give away more than you want…

Doctor Who is also making news across the pond, with NET Television in Nebraska broadcasting Series 1 on Sunday evenings at 8pm from April 1st on NET1 – after an almost 20-year absence on the station – find out more at netNebraska.org.

The media storm continues virtually worldwide with the “news” that Matt Lucas wants to play the Doctor, first revealed by his partner on Wednesday evening. Hardly news though is it?

We’ll finish with an ACCORD. icrenfrewshire.co.uk report on donations to charity auctions by David Tennant and singer Paolo Nutini:

Helen McLauchlan, fundraising co-ordinator at the Paisley hospice, said: “We are bowled over with the donation of these unique auction items and cannot thank David and Paolo enough for their support.”

David’s involvement came via a request from his father, Dr Sandy McDonald

Dr McDonald said: “David knows we’re closely involved with ACCORD and I said to him it would be good if he could donate something for the auction, so he gave the signed script.

“I know the Russell T Davies ones are highly prized, plus it’s David’s own script, watermarked throughout with his name.

Worth a few bob, I would wager…

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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