'Doctor Who' Scripts Leak: BBC Worldwide Takes Disciplinary Action

The commercial arm of the U.K. public broadcaster offers its "sincere apologies" to showrunner Steven Moffat and the cast and production team "who toil long hours to make the show."

LONDON – BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the U.K. public broadcaster, has taken disciplinary action after a recent leak that made scripts for several episodes of the new season of hit show Doctor Who available online.

The new season stars Peter Capaldi as the sci fi show's new lead.

After a review of the incident, the company said at the end of the week: "BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously, and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident." It didn't detail how many people were affected by the action and what measures were taken.

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The company said that "the mistake was damaging and resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from [season] 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site."

It added: "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."

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BBC Worldwide concluded by saying: "Our sincere apologies again to [showrunner] 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."

The company didn't detail what exactly happened, but it is understood that scripts were leaked online after being sent to BBC Worldwide's newly opened Latin America headquarters in Miami for translation.
The new season of Doctor Who debuts on Aug. 23. 

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