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Published on July 17th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

BBC Worldwide Updates Fans On Doctor Who Leaks

BBC Worldwide has issued a statement to the press concerning the recent Doctor Who leaks, which resulted in scripts and even episodes from Series 8 to be shared online weeks ahead of the scheduled airdate.

Released today, it reads:

We would like to thank Doctor Who fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks.

The mistake was damaging and resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site. While there is still a risk that this leak will result in more of this content emerging, so far the impact has been contained to a limited amount of this material through a combination of fans efforts and the plan that we put in place using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity.

We would particularly like to thank the fansite moderators and Doctor Who devotees who have actively protected the programme.

BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident. We would particularly like to thank the fansite moderators and Doctor Who devotees who have actively protected the programme.

Our sincere apologies again to Steven Moffat, the cast and production team who toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff, the BBC, and of course the fans who expect so much better.

While the episodes continue to exist online (Deep Breath has been widely circulated, although episodes two and later seem to have run into problems), the hope is that their low quality (black and white, limited CGI, no new titles or theme tune) has convinced those who might be interested to simply wait.

After all, August 23rd isn’t that long away now, is it? And what better way to enjoy the show’s return than to watch it simultaneously with almost every other fan?

You can find out what we thought of the recent revelations about the leak in this week’s podKast.


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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+.

8 Responses to BBC Worldwide Updates Fans On Doctor Who Leaks

  1. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Wow, I had no idea the first six episodes had been leaked. Five scripts, six episodes… This sounds like the biggest leak of material the series has ever seen.

  2. avatar mrjohnm says:

    As a fan of the show, I have no desire to see these leaked episodes or scripts. I’m relieved to hear that, in an age of easy access, the BBC is acknowledging that fans like myself are not trying to find the leaked episodes. After all, it does make August 23rd all that much more exciting when we don’t know exactly what to expect!

  3. Yeah, this is all well and good but those of us who wish to remain spoiler free are about to be undermined by the BBC themselves.
    The decision to hold two cinema premieres a good two weeks prior to the “proper” opening night of 23rd August, pretty much guarantees that the internet will be awash with spoilers.

    I don’t understand the need for such an early cinema showing, surely it would have made more sense to have had the cinema option available on the same night as the tv showing… or am I missing something here?

    • The Internet wasn’t “awash with spoilers” when Asylum of the Daleks was screened in New York. No reason why it should be any different this time around.

    • avatar DonnaM says:

      It guarantees a humungous amount of extra publicity, and those of us who don’t want every small plot point revealed between 7th-23rd August will simply restrict ourselves to trustworthy websites, which the BBC have been gracious enough to acknowledge exist. I’m very much hoping for a spoiler-free review somewhere I must admit :-)

      The media presence will be under all kinds of confidentiality agreements I expect and the audience will most likely be asked to play ball, so I imagine the fallout will generally be along the lines of people telling us “Capaldi is….” (most likely brilliant!) which will spoil nothing. Of course some people will blab on Facebook etc, but there’s another good reason why I’ve never joined the whole social media “revolution”!

      • avatar simon magellan says:

        I’m still waiting for the shock revelation that the arc for this season involves the Vrood…

  4. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    Sounds like they want to have another go at the cinema like they did for the 50th but I would suggest they just put it in theaters on the 23rd simulcasting with the show again.

  5. avatar Ian Gettings says:

    Was terribly tempted to watch it, but fortunately Youtube seem a lot better at deleting these things quickly than the others. Found it elsewhere, watched a few seconds to get a teeny bit spoiled but gave up. Horrid that it is out there too early, but pleased I can resist it. Heads must surely be rolling for this.

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