Peter Capaldi made a surprise appearance at this evening’s BBC Worldwide Showcase event in Liverpool.
Capaldi emerged from the TARDIS to the delight of the audience and chatted briefly with Graham Norton.
He said: “As a lifetime follower of the show, I’m delighted to see its global success. And I’m looking forward to sharing with the world the very exciting journey the new series is taking us on”.
His attendance was part of an evening celebrating the best of British TV talent, with appearances including Sir David Attenborough, the presenters of Top Gear, Bollywood dancing from India’s smash hit version of Strictly Come Dancing and a special pre-recorded piece from Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch.
The annual 4-day Showcase event, hosted by BBC Worldwide - brings executives from international broadcasters together and provides them with the opportunity to watch new programmes available for international sale. This year 2,800 hours of British TV content are available to buy covering drama, comedy, natural history, factual entertainment, formats, science and children’s; enabling buyers to take the best of British television programming to viewers around the globe.
In 2012/13, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £156m and headline sales of £1,116m and returned £156m to the BBC.