In a statement to the Radio Times, BBC Worldwide has revealed that a number of unfinished Doctor Who scripts for the upcoming eighth series have been leaked online.
"BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor Who series eight where unfinished material has inadvertently been made public," the company told Radio Times in a statement.
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 exact source of the leak remains unknown, according to the Radio Times the breach in security might have occurred as a result of the simulcast for first episode and multiple language translations were required in advance of August 23rd. I might be somewhat biased as I am a lifelong Whovian, but Doctor Who’s fanbase is a deeply trustworthy one and this was proved beyond measure last year. Owing to a shipping error BBC USA dispatched a small number of series 7 DVDs to customers in America before the finale had been broadcast. Not a single person spoilt the surprise ending of The Name Of The Doctor and as reward, the BBC released a sneak peak of the anniversary special. Now that's loyality.
The launch episode, Deep Breath, written by Steven Moffat has been confirmed as a feature length debut for Peter Capaldi’s incarnation of The Doctor. All will be revealed when the TARDIS crashes back on our TV screens on August 23rd.