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article imageNew Doctor Who series script leak prompts BBC appeal

By Robert Myles     Jul 8, 2014 in Entertainment
Miami - BBC Worldwide, Monday, issued an appeal to the public not to divulge plotlines from the upcoming series of Doctor Who as five scripts from season 8, due to start airing from August 23 leaked online.
A batch of scripts for the new Doctor Who series, that features Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor, succeeding Matt Smith, were leaked online after having being sent to BBC Worldwide’s office in Miami for translation. Miami is now home to BBC Worldwide’s base of operations for Latin America.
According to the Daily Mirror, the cover of what appeared to be a script for 'Deep Breath', the debut feature-length episode of the sci-fi series eighth season was posted on pop culture website Bleedingcool.
The BBC issued an apology for the leak and said it was investigating the “security issue.”
In a statement, carried by the BBC’s former house magazine Radio Times, a corporation representative said, “We deeply regret this and apologise to all the show's fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series.”
The statement went on to appeal to those encountering the leaked Doctor Who material not to engage in spoilerism, adding, “We would like to make a plea to anyone who might have any of this material and spoilers associated with it not to share it with a wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the show as it should be seen when it launches.
“We know only too well that Doctor Who fans are the best in the world and we thank them for their help with this and their continued loyalty."
Radio Times also carried a further article that gave further details of how the security breach had come about. Security appears to have been lax at the private servers of BBCmiami.com. Servers had been left open for public indexing. That meant that those surfing the web were able to find what ought to have been secure content using everyday search engines.
Doctor Who was just one of five prestigious BBC productions still under wraps whose details may have reached the public domain. Others included Call the Midwife, The Musketeers, Great British Bake Off and Top Gear.
In the run-up to the official Doctor Who series 8 opener on August 23, the BBC has already issued two teaser clips. One suggests Peter Capaldi’s latest incarnation of the sci-fi hero, who’s been around since 1963, will renew his acquaintance with proto-Dalek arch-villain Davros. The Cybermen are also hotly tipped to feature in the new series run as are old foes, the Silurians.
Doctor Who is one of the BBC’s most popular programs and the longest-running science fiction series. It’s become an important earner for the corporation with last year’s 50th anniversary TV broadcast set a new world record, airing simultaneously in 94 countries across six continents as well as being shown in 1,500 cinemas across the globe.
As a curtain-raiser to Doctor Who’s upcoming season 8, the BBC earlier announced that the Welsh capital, Cardiff would host the series' official 2014 World Premiere on Thursday, August 7.
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