BBC Worldwide has issued an apology after a number of Doctor Who scripts were leaked online.
In a statement released to Radio Times, the beeb’s commercial arm discouraged anyone who might have seen the material, pertaining to the sci-fi drama’s upcoming eighth series, from sharing its contents with a wider audience.
“BBC 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.
“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.”
The first five scripts from the new series including the feature-length premiere instalment, Deep Breath, make up the leaked material – with the leak occurring after they were sent to BBC Worldwide’s Latin America headquarters in Miami for translation.
Doctor Who will return for its eighth series on Saturday 23rd August with Peter Capaldi in the role of the recently-regenerated Time Lord, alongside his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman).