'Doctor Who' Scripts Leaked, BBC Worldwide Apologizes

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Peter Capaldi plays the 12th Doctor in the upcoming season of 'Doctor Who'

The commercial arm of the U.K. public broadcaster urges people not to share spoilers after five scripts of the upcoming season with new lead Peter Capaldi made their way online.

LONDON — BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of U.K. public broadcaster BBC, said Monday it is investigating a security issue that led to a leak of five scripts for the upcoming season eight of Doctor Who, starring new lead Peter Capaldi.

"Unfinished material has inadvertently been made public," the company said. "We deeply regret this and apologize to all the show's fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series."

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Added BBC Worldwide: "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."

Radio Times magazine reported that scripts were leaked online after being sent to the BBC Worldwide's newly opened Latin America headquarters in Miami for translation. ‎It said the scripts were for the season opener, scripted by showrunner Steven Moffat, as well as four other episodes.

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The new season will start airing on Aug. 23.

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