Five scripts from the upcoming series of Doctor Who have made their way to the Internet following a security breach at BBC and now the network is asking fans of the show to not divulge any spoilers.
A statement read: “BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor WhoSeries 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 on 23rd August. ”
According to some reports, the scripts from series 8 were leaked after being sent via email between BBC bureaus. In any case, the sheer amount of spoilers alone would be enough to send the internet into meltdown, but there is added excitement about the new series as it marks the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s run as the 12th Doctor. The show debuted a new teaser for the upcoming series just last week, in which the appearance from a familiar foe was teased.
In their statement, the network added: “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 is no stranger to spoilers and leaks, with an incident just last year involving the blu ray of the second half of series 7 being sent to fans a week before the finale actually aired on television, plus a script for Neil Gaimans Nightmare in Silver being found in the back of a taxi!
The Doctor returns on August 23rd.