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DVD economics: what price Doctor Who? (UPDATED)

Can someone explain this to me?

Life on Mars Season 1 Box Set

  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2006
  • Run Time: 472 minutes
  • Amazon Price: £16.98 GBP
Doctor Who Season 1 Box Seat

  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 585 minutes
  • Amazon Price: £49.16 GBP

Those 113 minutes seem awfully expensive. Is this really the most profitable price the BBC should be charging for Doctor Who, two years after original broadcast? That would suggest a remarkably inelastic demand compared with other DVD boxed sets.

UPDATE: Via Facebook, a friend of mine has just pointed out the following pricing regime for another group of BBC DVD box sets:
Red Dwarf Box Set (Season 1-8) – £104.99
Red Dwarf Box Set (Season 1-4) – £24.98
Red Dwarf Box Set (Season 5-8) – £24.98

Would it really be too much of a strain on the license fee to give the chaps pocket calculators?