Ianotimelord wrote:Yes but Doctor Who was not as popular as it is now. And it wasn't just Grade who destroyed Doctor Who, if you look at the Trial of a Time lord DVD & Survival. There really is no need to compare it. The BBC are making a lot of money from Dr Who, and the merchandise in the 80's was tiny compared to what we have now.
But that's after the attack happened. The ratings for Series 22 were brilliant (and are on par with what we get today in many cases). Even Timelash did well.
Doctor Who was breaking even or doing better for years (since 1984 at the earliest as that's when the figures were first published as far as I can see), The whole thing was sabotage led by Grade (although others were involved, we know that, but it was his palns they followed).
It's not as different as you may imagine, history repeats itself.