The BBC has issued a global spoiler alert for the next season of Doctor Who.
Five scripts from the upcoming eighth season have been leaked online. Studio BBC Worldwide released this statement to EW.com, seemingly confirming their authenticity and pleading with fans to not spread spoilers:
BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor Who Series 8 where unfinished material has inadvertently been made public. 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 on 23rd August. 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.
Now hardcore fans face a terrible decision: To read, or not to read? The first script is for the return episode titled “Deep Breath” by executive producer Steven Moffat. The next season has actor Peter Capaldi stepping into the lead role as the 12th Doctor.