Cover your eyes Whovians. Five scripts from Doctor Who Series 8 have been leaked online. BBC has issued an apology pleaded with fans not to spoil the episodes for others. In a statement BBC said:
“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 scripts were leaked after being sent to the BBC Worldwide office in Miami, where they were due to be translated for the Latin America market.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) July 7, 2014
Director Douglas Mackinnon and guest stars Samuel Anderson and Tom Riley weighed in on Twitter.
Rant almost over Spoilers! ‘are you a real fan?’ Maybe it’s just me but I can’t imagine loving something and wanting to spoil it #teamtardis
— samuel anderson (@theblackpaddy) July 7, 2014
Have read ALL 12 Doctor Who scripts. Directed3. Please watch finished eps! Eating ingredients of a recipe doesn’t mean you’ve had the meal! — Douglas Mackinnon (@drmuig) July 7, 2014
Do the right thing, Whovians.
— Tom Riley (@thisisTomRiley) July 8, 2014
The fact that five scripts have been leaked in a really devastating blow to both the series and fans. It is going to be difficult to avoid spoilers. But Whovians have rallied to support the Doctor Who crew, using the twitter hashtag #keepmespoilerfree, and blocking people from posting spoilers on their timeline. Doctor Who fans sites have banned spoilers and DoctorWhoTV has disabled comments site-wide. So stick to the sites you know are taking a spoiler-free stance.
Sure some fans enjoy spoilers and go looking for them, for reasons that completely elude me. Why would you read the script for the episode weeks before it airs? It’s not like reading the book before you watch the screen version. Scripts don’t necessarily reflect the finished media. As Douglas MacKinnon said it is not going to deliver the same experience of actually watching the episode. Secondly why would you want to ruin the magic of seeing a brand new incarnation of the Doctor in his first full-length episode? I was in a sold-out cinema for the 50th Anniversary 3D screening and the audience absolutely exploded when Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor flashed across the screen for an instant.
In the end you’re also ruining months of hard work from many, many people who work on Doctor Who. They shoot for fourteen hours a day for ten months out of the year, a gruelling and exhausting schedule, to bring fans the very best stories they can possibly deliver. Don’t ruin their hard work and don’t ruin it for Whovians.