So, has anyone seen a leaked copy of The Name of the Doctor yet? As things stand, we’re doubtful that any of the lucky BBC America Shop customers have been cruel enough to upload rips of the DVD or Blu-ray copies of the episode from their Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 boxset!
However, this doesn’t mean that files purporting to be the Doctor Who Series 7 finale aren’t in circulation.
The current status is that the file doesn’t appear to be on any public torrent trackers; nor is it listed on Usenet. However, there have been notices on Twitter and Tumblr that are claiming to the The Name of the Doctor but are actually fake files, possibly loaded with malware (for instance, one such file is labelled gnfos.avi, the file name apparently standing for “Gay N***ers from Outer Space” which is apparently a Danish 1992 blaxploitation satire. You live and learn…).
Meanwhile, don’t be fooled by links to YouTube claiming to be uploads of The Name of the Doctor. Of those we’re aware of, these are nothing more than Rickrollin’ efforts. Rick Astley, we salute you.
Is It All a Cynical Buzz-building Exercise?
The cynical among you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Is this leak genuine? Could it have been avoided?
And isn’t it all a little bit convenient in a series of Doctor Who with low overnight ratings for the finale to be leaked in such a way that the majority of viewers can’t (so it would seem) get to see it?
After all, Doctor Who websites (and sections of the media) have been talking about little else since Sunday. Could it be that we’re all being taken for a ride, ensnared in a plot to bring the Series 7 finale to the public attention?
The same question was asked back in 2005 when Rose was leaked online several days before broadcast thanks to a CBC employee or contractor. In this case, the leak was genuine (insofar as it appeared online, albeit incomplete) and arguably helped to create some buzz about the revived series.
Cynical marketing ploy or not, the fact remains that any download could mean danger to your data and privacy. We’re only four days from the event now, so our advice is to keep buggering on.