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Published on July 31st, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

Tom Baker Rules Doctor Who EBay Sales Table!

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?

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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+.




4 Responses to Tom Baker Rules Doctor Who EBay Sales Table!

  1. avatar Joe Mendoza says:

    I have purchased nearly every Annual ever made on EBay.

  2. avatar drewboynton says:

    It’s the scarves! The scarves! (and K-9?)


  3. Years ago, I bought a question mark lapel pin and a TARDIS key. In 2006, I had to re-buy my all of my Target books after losing them in hurricane Katrina the year before and eBay was a wonderful source. My wife bought me a Dapol Davros (two arms!) and K9. Currently, I have my eyes on a couple of listings for the TARDIS Technical Manual.

  4. avatar Paul Morris says:

    What about Pertwee and Eccleston? How can Capaldi have more merchandise that those two?

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