The strong performance of "Doctor Who" and other TV series have contributed to a record 2009/2010 profit rise of 35 percent for BBC Worldwide. The numbers were recently revealed by Mark Thompson, BBC's director general, in London. Official results are to be announced in early July.
Thompson said the media company earned £140 million ($201 million), compared to last year's £103 million ($148 million).
Long-running science-fiction drama "Doctor Who" has sold more than 7 million action figures and 3.3 million DVDs. The series also airs in more than 50 territories.
BBC Worldwide's other top performing series include "The Office," "Top Gear" and "Dancing with the Star." Meanwhile, The History Channel recently announced plans to develop a U.S. version of "Top Gear" to be co-produced by BBC.
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