A report from eBay today tells us that with less than a month until the return of Doctor Who, a ranking has been compiled by eBay, that show fans clinging to the past rather than looking to the future…
Analysis of Doctor Who eBay sales, reveals merchandise of Tom Baker’s incarnation (1974 – 1981) outsells the other Time Lords by 203% on average, on the online marketplace, firmly cementing him as the nation’s favourite Doctor.
Tom Baker tops the lists of merchandise listings and sales, with David Tennant and Matt Smith falling in line behind, while Peter Capaldi, set to officially set foot in the TARDIS on August 23rd, is 10th (which we don’t think is too bad – he’s bound to end up at the top very soon!).
For collectors, Sylvester McCoy – the Seventh Doctor – is the most lucrative, yielding the greatest individual return. Items related to his brief stint sell with the highest value, with prices for his figurine peaking at £565.
Top 10 Doctors (sales):
- Tom Baker
- David Tennant
- Matt Smith
- William Hartnell
- Paul McGann
- Patrick Troughton
- Sylvester McCoy
- Colin Baker
- Peter Davison
- Peter Capaldi
eBay Spokesperson, Laura Wilkinson-Rea says, “It really speaks to Tom Baker’s iconic Doctor Who status that he continues to outsell the other Doctors. It also seems like the Universe is safe for now as the Doctors are far outselling the baddies. For example, eBay.co.uk currently lists 200,000 items of Doctor Who merchandise – totally dwarfing the Dalek’s 14,000.”
Who wouldn’t be fascinated to see what spin Malcolm Tucker would put on this?
We have no idea how many Doctor Who items have been sold on eBay since the site launched in the UK in 1999, but we’d like to find out. So let’s start small: have you ever bought or sold Doctor Who merchandise on eBay? What was it?