Following the unexpected online release of five scripts from the series’ upcoming eighth season, BBC Worldwide on Monday released a statement, pleading with fans to keep any information they’ve seen to themselves.
“BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor Who Series 8 where unfinished material has inadvertently been made public,” the statement begins. “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.”
It continues: “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.”
The leak is believed to have occurred when the scripts were sent to BBC Worldwide’s new Latin America headquarters in Miami, Fla., where they were being translated.
Premiering Aug. 23 on BBC One, the eighth season of Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.