Scripts for the first five episodes of the yet-to-be-screened and highly-anticipated series eight of Doctor Who have been leaked online.
leak is said to have come from BBC Worldwide's new Miami office, which
was arranging translation of the new series for non-English speaking
markets. The scripts are said to bear a BBC watermark, the name of a
staffer and to be extremely detailed post-production scripts describing
on-screen action as well as dialogue.
Unconfirmed rumours claimed the scripts were placed on a public
server which was indexed by a search engine. An innocent search stumbled
upon the scripts, which eventually made their way into torrents and
sites such as Scribd.
The Reg shan't reveal any details, in line with the BBC's plea to keep the scripts under wraps.
Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor Who
Series 8 where unfinished material has inadvertently been made public.
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 BBC
said in a statement.
"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."
Doctor Who screenwriter Mark Gatiss tweeted his frustration at the leak.
More rumourmill-meat claims video footage was also leaked on the server which also contained scripts for Beeb programmes Top Gear and Call the Midwife.
Who fan sites appear to be heeding the BBC's call. Jonathan Carlyle,
identified by ABC radio as a moderator of Doctor Who forums, said he read the scripts, but only so it will be easier to find and delete spoilers posted to the boards he tends.