Dr, Who? Fans give Capaldi ‘The Silence’ treatment
With less than a month until the return of the iconic Doctor, a Doctor Who’s Who ranking has been compiled by eBay, that show fans clinging to the past rather than looking to the future.
Analysis of Doctor Who related sales on eBay, the biggest online market place, reveal merchandise of Tom Baker’s incarnation (1974 – 1981) outsell the other time lords by 203% on average, 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, the Doctor’s much celebrated replacement, ranks 10th.
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.
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. We’d be fascinated to see what spin Malcolm Tucker would put on this!”
Top 10 Doctors (sales):
- Tom Baker
- David Tennant
- Matt Smith
- William Hartnell
- Paul McGann
- Patrick Troughton
- Slyvestor McCoy
- Colin Baker
- Peter Davison
- Peter Capaldi
NOTES TO EDITORS
eBay delivers one of the world’s largest online marketplaces to customers via any connected device, connecting people with the things they need and love. Founded in 1995 and opening in the UK in 1999, eBay has more than 18 million unique visitors per a month in the UK and Ireland. Around 70% of listings are for new, fixed-price items and the UK site is home to more than 100 high street brands and retailers.
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