Doctor Who's success is being attributed as the main reason for a recent announcement from BBC Worldwide of record breaking profilts.

Despite the cost of the licence fee the BBC's director general, Mark Thompson, argued that BBC Worldwide - the organisation's commercial arm - has a duty to maximise profits to reinvest on behalf of licence feepayers.

Of course, if the BBC are making as much as the figures suggest - 17% increase in operating profits to £117.7m and a 13% increase in sales to £916m - the actual point and value of the licence fee looks ever more contentious.

And I'm one of those that thinks the licence fee is a good thing.

Yet more weaponry in these figures for licence fee bashers...