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article imageBBC Worldwide apologises again for Doctor Who security breach

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 19, 2014 in Entertainment
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has issued another apology for the leaks of yet-to-be-televised Doctor Who material from its offices in Miami in the US.
In a statement, BBC Worldwide offered its “sincere” apologies to Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, who is known to be angry and upset about the situation. The organisation also apologised to the show’s cast and whole production team who, it acknowledges, “toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff [Wales]” and also to Doctor Who fans, “who expect so much better.”
According to BBC News, BBC Worldwide takes the issue “extremely seriously” and, the news item revealed, “disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident.”
As reported earlier, at the time of the breach, up to six part-completed episodes from the upcoming season were being stored on the Miami ftp server. To date, though, just one — a rough-edit black-and-white version of Deep Breath — has found its way onto the Internet. Earlier in the month, several Season 8 scripts had first found their way onto the Web.
However, the BBC is bracing itself for more material appearing online. “While there is still a risk that this leak will result in more of this content emerging,” the BBC Worldwide statement read, “so far the impact has been contained.”
That containment is due in no small part to Doctor Who fans themselves, who have been spearheading the #keepmespoilerfree Internet campaign. BBC Worldwide have acknowledged this, with BBC News reporting thatDoctor Who devotees and moderators of fan sites [have] ‘actively protected the programme.’
Doctor Who is set to receive its Season 8 television premiere on Saturday, August 23, in Canada, Germany, the UK and US (Australia follows on Sunday, August 24), with Deep Breath. A Moffat-penned adventure, it will represent the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as the Doctor.
Ahead of that, however, is the first-ever Doctor Who World Tour. Taking in seven cities over five continents, each will include a public screening of Deep Breath ahead of its television premieres.
Doctor Who Season 8 stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. Later in the season, they will be joined by Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink and Ellis George as Courtney.
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