The “Doctor Who” Season 8 premiere, “Deep Breath,” airs Aug. 23, but fans can find out what happens right now as the scripts for the first five episodes have leaked online. For those who hate “Doctor Who” spoilers, the wait is going to be unbearable.
The “Doctor Who” script leaks come from Miami, and watermarked copies have been heavily circulated on forums and around the Internet, Bleeding Cool reports. Based on the leak, showrunner Steven Moffat is writing two episodes, while veteran “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” writer Mark Gatiss is penning the second episode of Season 8. For anyone following “Doctor Who” spoilers, there are few, if any, surprises other than being able to read the scripts well in advance of when the episodes air.
While some fans will face a moral dilemma as they wonder whether or not to read the scripts, BBC definitely does not want them to be read. When news of the script leaks spread, BBC Worldwide issued a statement to Radio Times urging fans not to share or read the episodes.
“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,” the statement urged. BBC said it is investigating the leak and apologized to the cast and crew.
The script leaks came from BBC’s Latin America office in Miami, where they were being translated, Radio Times reported.
The “Doctor Who” Season 8 premiere, “Deep Breath,” will air around the world Aug. 23, but fans will be able to view the episode in Cardiff, Wales, on Aug. 7 as part of the “Doctor Who” world tour. The event is sold out. The new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, Clara Oswald, Jenna Coleman and Moffat are to attend.
The “Doctor Who” world tour includes stops in London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. The latest "Doctor Who" Season 8 trailer can be viewed below.
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