Please don’t spoil the surprise, fans urged, as Doctor Who scripts leaked

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THE BBC has appealed to Doctor Who fans for help after scripts from the new series were leaked online.

The new series of the long-running science fiction show returns to BBC1 on August 23, with Peter Capaldi starring as the time lord.

A spokeswoman for BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm, confirmed yesterday that an investigation is underway into a “security issue” around Doctor Who Series 8 where unfinished material has “inadvertently been made public”.

The spokeswoman added: “We deeply regret this and apologise to all the show’s fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series.

“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.”

It was reported the scripts for five episodes were leaked after being sent to BBC Worldwide’s office in Miami for translation.