Okay, the following is an instruction for those of you who don’t want to find themselves spoilered by what is an almighty cock-up in North American: Blu-ray editions of Doctor Who Series 7 Part Two have shipped already, and include The Name of the Doctor.
To repeat: The Name of the Doctor has been leaked to thousands of Doctor Who fans in the USA, via the BBC America shop.
It is only a matter of time before one such recipient decides to leak the episode online. When this happens, the World Wide Web will be awash with conversation about the finale.
As such, you should be making active preparations to disconnect from the Internet – and, we regret to say, Kasterborous – until next Saturday. While we won’t be spoilering the finale in any way, shape or form, we’re sure that Twitter, Facebook, and other websites will.
It’s not worth the risk, Kasterborites. See you on the other side.
Okay, here’s out first update to this story. First of all, Edward Russell, who used to be BBC Brand Manager for Doctor Who:
Production error in US means DW bluray shipped early. Let's hope no one spoils it for those who want to enjoy it together on Sat. Please RT
— Edward Russell (@edwardrussell) May 12, 2013
A “production error” affecting distribution? Unusual setup they have there, eh?
But the most important thing is this: even if those recipients of the Blu-ray edition in North America have the knowledge to rip and upload the episode, you shouldn’t download it. You have no way of knowing what the file you’re downloading is before making checks. Although some download sites have comments features for downloaders to share their opinions of the file concerned, most don’t.
Given the number of threats Doctor Who fans have faced from scammers recently (from a “sex tape” of Jenna-Louise Coleman to Rogue Cyberman – who apparently has managed to get hold of a copy, surprise, surprise) waiting six days isn’t going to kill you, is it?
BBC Confirms Leak
The BBC has used the Doctor Who Facebook Page this evening to confirm the leak.
We understand that a small number of US fans have received in error their DVD edition of Series 7 Part 2 early. We respectfully ask those fans not to divulge information or post content publicly so that fellow fans who have yet to see the episodes do not have their viewing pleasure ruined.
If everyone keeps the secrets safe until next Saturday we will release a special new clip featuring material of the Tenth AND Eleventh Doctor!
Nice of them – let’s hope everyone plays ball!
More Leak Threats
Overnight things got a little bit silly. Both Wikipedia’s main Doctor Who page and the Wikia TARDIS online reference have been hacked, with spoilers from The Name of the Doctor revealed. At the time of writing the former issue has been resolved.
What this should demonstrate is that nowhere is safe from spoilers.