In a gracious move, Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat has expressed his gratitude to fans for not spoiling the ending of The Name of the Doctor online before Saturday’s Series 7 finale.
This was prompted by the news that the Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 Blu-ray was accidentally shipped two weeks early. Some fans were doubtful that the leak even occurred, but whatever the truth, Steven Moffat took to The Guardian on Saturday to thank the 210 BBC America Shop customers who kept a lid on the big reveal at the end of The Name of the Doctor.
Well that was all a bit Keystone Cops, wasn’t it? Our biggest surprise, our most secret episode, a revelation about the Doctor that changes everything …
… and we’d have got away with it too, if we hadn’t accidentally sent Blu-ray copies of Name Of The Doctor to 210 Doctor Who fans in America. Security-wise, that’s not GOOD, is it? I mean, it’s not top-notch; it’s hard to defend as professional-level, hard-line secrecy.
My favourite fact is that they’re Blu-Rays. Listen, we don’t just leak any old rubbish, we leak in high-def – 1080p or nothing, that’s us. Every last pixel in beautifully rendered detail. It’s like getting caught extra naked.
But here’s the thing. Never mind us blundering fools, check out the fans. Two hundred and ten of them, with the top-secret episode within their grasp – and because we asked nicely, they didn’t breathe a word. Not one. Even Doctor Who websites have been closing their comments sections, just in case anyone blurts. I’m gobsmacked. I’m impressed. Actually, I’m humbled. And we are all very grateful.
Read the full piece in The Guardian.