The scripts for the first five episodes of Doctor Who series 8 were leaked online today, according to BBC News. The leak comes ahead of the August 7th Cardiff premiere, which is to be followed by a global Doctor Who promotional tour.
BBC Worldwide has released the following statement:
“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 apologize 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 on 23rd August. 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.”
Doctor Who has been plagued with leaks for much of it’s recent run. Several American fans received their Series 7 finale DVDs ahead of schedule by accident, which resulted in premature leaks concerning the Eleventh Doctor’s departure episode. Last year’s San Diego Comic Con saw showrunner Steven Moffat threaten to withhold future promotional material if anyone leaked the 50th anniversary footage.
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