TORONTO — BBC Worldwide apologized Monday to fans of Doctor Who after the scripts for five new episodes were leaked online.
The broadcaster also asked people not share the scripts or spoilers.
“Unfinished material has inadvertently been made public,” read a statement from BBC. “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.”
According to Radio Times, scripts for the first five episodes of season eight appeared online after they were sent to a Miami office for translation.
The episodes mark the debut of lead actor Peter Capaldi, who takes over the iconic role from Matt Smith.
“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,” the BBC Worldwide statement continued, “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.”
The company said it is investigating the leak.
The new season, which kicks off with an episode entitled “Deep Breath” is scheduled to begin Aug. 23.
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