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Published on October 7th, 2010 | by Patrick Riley

The United Kingdom of Earth Television

BBC News has reported an increase in exports of television from the UK to the rest of the planet, and as a result, the Beeb felt the need to mention some show called Doctor Who.

Already-built shows (as opposed to the programmes whose ideas were taken from Britain but not the shows themselves; think America’s Got Talent and how it isn’t Britain’s Got Talent), including Top Gear, Life, and Who, sold to a hundred-plus countries each (or at least the first two did, Who was more implied in the article) to rake in a total of £549 million (in other words, quite a lot), which doesn’t include the £119 million from format sales (like America’s Got Talent) or the ultimate tally of £1.34 billion from the whole of the overseas market (don’t you just love parenthetical side comments?).

Doctor Who has already conquered the likes of Australia, Canada, and the United States, among others, in terms of its love affair with the rest of the world.  And now that it helped gain the BBC a 9% higher income in world sales last year, maybe it deserves a pay raise.  How ’bout giving us that budget cut back, eh, Auntie?  Not that it needs it, of course!


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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.

3 Responses to The United Kingdom of Earth Television

  1. avatar Charlie says:

    I was in Bolivia earlier this year in a cafe and saw a trailer for Doctor Who (series 2). It made me feel warm inside.

    Also, Britain’s Got Talent was copied from America’s Got Talent, hence the bad grammar. Though it was developed by that man Cowell so maybe that’s why it counts as an export.

  2. avatar krumstets says:

    Doctor Who in Bolivia!! Crikey . ….

  3. avatar IanOTimelord says:

    What annoyed me in the classic series is that Dr Who never seen any of the revenue it helped to generate for the corporation. I hope the current series gets some of it back.

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