BBC Worldwide fights to stop more Doctor Who episodes from emerging

The BBC's commercial arm offers "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"

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BBC Worldwide fights to stop more Doctor Who episodes from emerging
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Jonathan Holmes

Two weeks after five unseen Doctor Who series 8 scripts first emerged on the internet, and six days after video of Peter Capaldi's first episode appeared online, BBC Worldwide are fighting to stop further episodes from emerging.

In a statement, the BBC's commercial arm confirmed that five scripts and six unfinished episodes had been left on a "publicly accessible FTP site," and that "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."

Although a rough cut of Series 8 episode one leaked in its entirety, thus far pirates have been frustrated in their attempts to download the other five beyond a few frames, believed to be from episode two. BBC Worldwide put this down to "a combination of fans efforts and the plan that we put in place using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity."

They gave special thanks to "fansites and Doctor Who devotee" for "actively protecting the programme". Following the leak, fans campaigned to stop spoilers from the new series spreading on social media by using the hashtag #keepmespoilerfree. 

Noting that "disciplinary action" had been taken in light of the incident, the statement finished with another apology: "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." 

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