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Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Moffat Expresses Gratitude to Leakgate Fans

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.

Doctor Who chief Steven Moffat

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.


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

5 Responses to Moffat Expresses Gratitude to Leakgate Fans

  1. …and then he pretends the Tennant/Smith video was a special reward and wasn’t gonna happen anyway. Bit cringeworthy, Moff.

    • avatar davepermen says:

      uhm, that happened. it’s on youtube.

    • I heard that too! Ignore the mindless hopelessly devoted fans who dote on every little word that Moffat utters. RME LOL!
      They are too funny for words.
      And why hasn’t ANY of those alleged fans who received their DVD’S OR BLUE-RAY early COME OUT NOW?! there is no reason NOW, for any of them to hide who they are and YET! No one has come forward!
      The whole thing was pure BS! One of Little Miss Moffat’s pathetic attempts to A) Show how “devoted” his little fans are and B) create a little cheesy publicity for the series finale.
      Moffat and his fans are very cringeworthy!

  2. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    It’s a rare thing these days when fans behave themselves regarding spoilers. Kudos tho those who kept silent and obviously, the Moff is grateful.

  3. Give a Break! there WAS NO LEAK YOU BABBLING IDIOTS! That whole thing was a HOAX!
    Man some fans are so clueless and gullible it almost makes one want to cry.
    So shut up with this vomit inducing BS of Oh the fans are so loyal to Moffat! NO THEY ARE NOT! There was no leak because no one outside of a few BBC America Employees (whose hands are seen holding the alleged leaked DVD’S) received any! RME

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