BBC Worldwide has issued an apology to fans after confirming rumours that several scripts from the upcoming series of Doctor Who have leaked online.
It is understood that the first five scripts of Series 8 have found their way onto the internet after being sent to BBC Worldwide’s new Miami office to be translated for the Latin American audience as part of preparations to air the show globally.
BBC Worldwide issued this statement to the Radio Times website:
“BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor Who Series 8 where unfinished material has inadvertently been made public. We deeply regret this and apologise to all the show’s fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series.
“We would like to make a plea to anyone who might have any of this material and spoilers associated with it not to share it with a wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the show as it should be seen when it launches. We know only too well that Doctor Who fans are the best in the world and we thank them for their help with this and their continued loyalty.”
This is not the first time Doctor Who has been beset by problems with leaks; the first episode of the show on its return in 2005, Rose, appeared online a few weeks before its television broadcast, and last year several fans in the US received Blu-ray copies of Series 7 finale The Name of the Doctor a week before it was due to air. Fans on Twitter are campaigning against this latest leak with the hashtag #keepmespoilerfree.
Series 8 of Doctor Who begins on Saturday 23rd August with the feature-length opening episode Deep Breath, which is also due to première in Cardiff on Thursday 7th August as part of Doctor Who: The World Tour.
[Source: Radio Times]
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