BBC Worldwide has issued a statement to the press concerning the recent Doctor Who leaks, which resulted in scripts and even episodes from Series 8 to be shared online weeks ahead of the scheduled airdate.
Released today, it reads:
We would like to thank Doctor Who fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks.
The mistake was damaging and resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site. While there is still a risk that this leak will result in more of this content emerging, so far the impact has been contained to a limited amount of this material through a combination of fans efforts and the plan that we put in place using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity.
We would particularly like to thank the fansite moderators and Doctor Who devotees who have actively protected the programme.
BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident. We would particularly like to thank the fansite moderators and Doctor Who devotees who have actively protected the programme.
Our sincere apologies again to Steven Moffat, the cast and production team who toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff, the BBC, and of course the fans who expect so much better.
While the episodes continue to exist online (Deep Breath has been widely circulated, although episodes two and later seem to have run into problems), the hope is that their low quality (black and white, limited CGI, no new titles or theme tune) has convinced those who might be interested to simply wait.
After all, August 23rd isn’t that long away now, is it? And what better way to enjoy the show’s return than to watch it simultaneously with almost every other fan?
You can find out what we thought of the recent revelations about the leak in this week’s podKast.