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Scripts for the first five episodes of the yet-to-be-screened and highly-anticipated series eight of Doctor Who have been leaked online. The leak is said to have come from BBC Worldwide's new Miami office, which was arranging translation of the new series for non-English speaking markets. The scripts are said to bear a BBC …

  1. Only me!

    Wait and see

    I for one will just wait to see the thing on TV......what's the point in spoiling it my searching and looking this stuff up?

    1. Graham Marsden

      Re: Wait and see

      Yeah, the only problem then is avoiding the bloody spoilers from Trailers the BBC broadcast which give away massive hints as to what is going to happen, not to mention pictures of Cybermen stuck on the front of the Radio Times ruining any surprise as to the "big reveal"... :(

      1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

        Re: Wait and see

        the only problem then is avoiding the bloody spoilers from Trailers the BBC broadcast

        My favourite example of this was from something that ITV used to show at post-pub-o'clock. Sadly that space is now taken up by some sort of tv-roulette-scumbaggery. The show was 'Tour of Dury'.

        In this episode someone fragged an officer while he's in the toilet. So whodunnit?

        I can still remember sitting down with my revitalising cuppa and snack. They had the bit many US shows have before the theme music. "Next on Tour of Duty", and a soldier is shown being led away in handcuffs by the MPs.

        Funnily enough, I guessed whodunnit quite early in the show...

        I do hate fuckers with their spoilers though. I don't like the soaps, but my Mum was always annoyed when some arse at the Sun or Mirror decided to stick what was going to happen next on their front page. She didn't even read them, but there's always some other bugger willing to compound the felony by reading it out on the radio.

        1. SteveK

          Re: Wait and see

          "My favourite example of this was from something that ITV used to show at post-pub-o'clock. Sadly that space is now taken up by some sort of tv-roulette-scumbaggery. The show was 'Tour of Dury'."

          My example along those lines was the time [BBC|ITV] were showing the lunchtime as-live repeat of the (probably Japanese) F1 that had been on at around 5am, and had the programme announcer start with "And now another chance to see X win the (probably Japanese) grand prix"

          Ok, technically it was a repeat and any real enthusiasts would have got up at unsocial-o-clock to watch it live, but nonetheless, anyone who had actually tuned in to watch the as-live showing probably still wouldn't want the end spoiled.

          1. Graham Marsden

            @SteveK - Re: Wait and see

            Re: The F1 GP - I actually sent a complaint message to BBC on Sunday because I was sitting down to watch the highlights of the British Grand Prix (having avoided any news etc earlier in the day) only to have BBC 3 News *immediately* before it announce the result in a way that was totally impossible to avoid seeing :-(

        2. billdehaan

          Re: Wait and see

          To me, the gold standard for spoilers remains this link:

          For those unwilling to click the link (sadly, the direct link also spoils it), a hugely popular show was airing its' last several episodes, each of which addressed the final fate of one or more characters. So someone on the east coast saw an episode, promptly wrote up the above review, and posted it to Slashdot. The subject title gave away the major plot point, before the episode had even aired on the west coast, let alone non-American markets. Sort of like having an Citizen Kane review titled "Kane's only love was his sled, Rosebud". Bonus points for the clueless author claiming people who didn't want it spoiled shouldn't read the review.

          1. H.Winter

            Re: "Kane's only love was his sled, Rosebud"

            Thanks for spoiling it for me.

        3. Roj Blake

          Re: Wait and see

          "The show was 'Tour of Dury'."

          Was that the programme that followed the legendary Blockheads front man around the country?

    2. Psyx

      Re: Wait and see

      People who look up walk-thoughs and cheats the moment they get home with a new computer game will probably want to read them, I guess.

      Strange people.

    3. Aqua Marina

      Erm, they have a time machine, can't they just go back and delete the files before they are discovered?

      1. Monkey Cheese Pants

        BLOODY HELL MAN! Way to post a spoiler!

        Theft of a galactic screenplay is the entire premise of this upcoming season and you just gave away the crucial ending. At least you didn't say that the good doctor is caught using his sonic screwdriver to pick a place no sonic screwdriver should go. Ooops. Another spoiler!

  2. DropBear

    FYI, "breaking them" would be deleting every existing copy of it, mr. Gatiss...

    1. sabroni Silver badge


      on whether the thing you're making is just a video or if the act of broadcasting it to millions of fans, all who know nothing about the plot, is also part of the experience. I can see how a creator could consider this leak to be breaking something.

  3. Elmer Phud


    Can't wait to see the traffic on Facebook and Twitter where pointless threats will be whined out in public.

    If folks can't hep themselves from moaning like hell and also doing thier best to search out the scripts . . .

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: Luvverly

      If you search them out, it's your own fault. If your arse of a mate sticks info out there, in a deliberate attempt to be annoying, then they deserve to cop some abuse.

      Not that I care, I've not seen it in several years. But whoever released it is a complete tosser.

  4. William Towle


  5. JDX Gold badge

    TopGear scripts?

    You mean a post-it note with "insult the Welsh" written on it?

    1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

      I'd like to see the day

      when Top Gear confines its insults to the Welsh.

      1. James Hughes 1

        Re: I'd like to see the day

        They are equal opportunity insulters. Which is the best way. As long as you insult everyone, that's not racist, misogynist, ageist, heightist, welshist, fatist etc.

        1. Richard Taylor 2 Silver badge

          Re: I'd like to see the day

          Toryist, Cameroonist?

      2. WonkoTheSane

        Re: I'd like to see the day

        Remember the good old days?

        When Top Gear confined its insults to caravanners?

        1. Gordon 10 Silver badge

          Re: I'd like to see the day

          Rose tinted glasses mate - they were always truckdriverist as well.

          Make delivery murder prostitute etc etc.

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I'd like to see the day

        Remember the good old days?

        When Top Gear's Clarkson was entertaining and not just a knob?

        Me neither.

  6. Andy The Hat Silver badge

    "I for one will just wait to see the thing on TV"

    I wish I felt the same. There'll be a cyberman (who's come back from the dead), a dalek (who's come back from the dead), the Master who's ... well you get the idea.The characters and sets will all have expensive GGI thrown at them to make it look as if someone has thrown expensive CGI at them and at a guess, it'll all happen in London with some obnoxious female 'cokerney' wimpering incessantly. But at least it'll all turn out nice and cuddly for the Christmas episode to offset the huge depression caused by the nasty death on Eastenders.

    Sorry, should I have said "spoiler alert"?

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      "Sorry, should I have said "spoiler alert"?"

      No. You should have said "Spoilers sweetie"

    2. JDX Gold badge

      I (mostly) missed Dr Who the first time round, or was so young I barely remember it. But surely they had the same problems of trying to keep things fresh and find new stories in what was a very long-running series?

      Daleks were always popping up in the original, cybermen too, weren't they?

      1. Roj Blake

        Not as often as you'd think.

        IIRC Tom Baker only went up against the Daleks twice during his 7 year stint.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    As quite often BBC destroys nice things that other people make with their rabid News reporting bias. Wonder how it feels now the shoe is on the other foot.

  8. Will Godfrey Silver badge


    I can never understand the mindset of people who do this sort of thing, and never could. Right back to the days of the schoolkid who used to go round spoiling other people's fun. I guess it's those same kids who never did develop the ability to 'connect' with other people.


    1. Lamont Cranston

      Re: Pathetic

      Unless they're going door to door, searching out dedicated Whovians, and then shouting all the spoilers in their faces, this is utterly harmless. Most likely, it's just generating more buzz around the new series, which the BBC is probably very grateful for.

      1. Joseph Haig

        Re: Pathetic

        Unless they're going door to door, ...

        What you don't know is that they have been stolen by Wowbagger The Infinitely Prolonged who is currently in the process of visiting every person in the universe in alphabetical order and reading them out.

    2. Marshalltown

      Re: Pathetic

      I have never understood the concern with spoilers myself. You might know that "this happened" or "that happened," but the show is not about "this" or "that." It is about the process by which the story comes to "this" or "that." Only a complete lack of imagination can explain the thinking that knowing the "end" is equivalent to knowing the story. But then, I'm known to read stories back to front quite often, when the linear approach becomes too boring.

  9. Paul Westerman

    It's for kids

    Grow up

    1. Dave Bell

      Re: It's for kids

      You might be surprised how complicated some of the "for kids" stuff can be. In a culture where anyone under 18 is classed, in significant ways, as still a child, such sneers are misleading. How much drama even tried to deal with the issues of loss and aging which permeate a Doctor Who story such as "The Girl Who Waited"?

      Yet you say it is "just for kids".

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: It's for kids

        The OP didn't say "just for kids". Your use of quotation marks was inappropriate as it wasn't a quote. it IS for kids. Kids of all ages.

        1. lorisarvendu

          Re: It's for kids

          "it IS for kids. Kids of all ages."

 which case how exactly DO we grow up?

          Poor Paul Westerman. Downvote score heading for the gutter.

          1. Paul Westerman

            Re: It's for kids

            lol. It was only a throwaway Pub Landlord reference!

          2. TRT Silver badge

            Re: It's for kids

            " which case how exactly DO we grow up?"

            There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.

          3. WonkoTheSane

            Re: It's for kids

            It is only compulsory to grow old. Growing up is completely optional.

          4. DiViDeD Silver badge

            Re: It's for kids

            " exactly DO we grow up?"

            No idea. I've been aiming to grow up for nearly 60 years, and no closer now than when I started.

            And I wouldn't have it any other way. I work with grown ups and they seem to be unhappy pretty much most of the time.

  10. ukgnome

    Makes you wonder what other data the BBC accidental give away.

    I smell NSA interference, Snowden was right or summink

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "The scripts are said to bear a BBC watermark, the name of a staffer*..."


    1. Dave Bell

      There's something odd about the whole story. The staffer whose name is on the scripts which leaked night have been dropped in it by the people on the IT side. This might have been a how a script was passed on to a translator, in the past, without any problems. Why was it different this time?

      1. TRT Silver badge

        "Why was it different this time?"

        Google. They restored some BBC links the other day you know... well, could have been. I've seen less tenuous stuff in Dr Who before now.

    2. WonkoTheSane

      A staffer no-one seems to have heard of.

      The only thing I can think of is that this mystery staffer is/was a BBC America Spanish translator, who needed the scripts to come up with suitable subtitles for the show.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "The scripts are said to bear a BBC watermark, the name of a staffer*..."


      Hmm, that would be scapegoating. The first question I'd ask is how the staffer came up with the idea of using a public server. Don't they have internal resources? Don't they get training?

      Most people I deal with are breathtakingly naïve when it comes to the dangers of the Internet, and need training to get at least some idea of how quickly information can wander off. I would assume ignorance over malice, and in that context throwing people onto the street strikes me as too harsh.

  12. Dr Who

    To use a famous quote from one of Capaldi's other legendary characters :

    "If some cu*t can fu*k something up, that cu*t will pick the worst possible time to fu*king fu*k it up cause that cu*t's a cu*t."

    1. Aggrajag

      Goodness! - I'm glad I never watched the Three Musketeers :)

    2. sabroni Silver badge

      This forum isn't for kids.

      So you can type cunt or fuck without fear of censorship. Would make the quote much more readable if it just had the swear words in....

      1. Fibbles

        Re: This forum isn't for kids.

        Some of these fucking cunts are reading this god-damn bullshit at work though...


      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: This forum isn't for kids.

        "So you can type cunt or fuck without fear of censorship"

        Not quite true. I've called a couple of other commentards cunts (because they were) and seen my literary best efforts deleted by a moderator.

        In more abstract use you should get away with it, but with the apparently rising number of US readers (some of whom have very little moral fibre) I suspect that there's a rising chance of others complaining. The sooner is divorced from the better. Hopefully the likes of Don Jefe and other more liberal North Americans would chuck their lot in with us.

        1. sabroni Silver badge

          Re: I've called a couple of other commentards cunts (because they were)

          Like I said, this forum isn't for kids. Name calling can get your post deleted, but it won't be because of the word cunt, it'll be because you're abusing someone.

  13. NogginTheNog

    Top Gear

    also contained scripts for Beeb programmes Top Gear

    You're telling me that shit is actually written and not just the ramblings of egotistical morons??!

    1. ukgnome

      Re: Top Gear

      I can believe that, after all my comments are written by a team of egotistical ramblers

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  15. King Jack

    Here is a what happens in all Dr Who episodes: Doctor lands/crashes somewhere, speaks to someone/alien then runs around a bit down some corridors, saves someone then escapes to repeat next week. That is Doctor Who. Saved you guys hours of viewing time.

    1. jarfil

      And every series, like ever, is just a bunch of pictures, usually of people talking. There, no more series, movies or anything else for you either.


      1. King Jack

        Did you fail to see the joke icon or do you genuinely have no sense of humour? Gotta luv these comments.

    2. IsJustabloke

      well you my old fruit are talking bollocks... how can it be a proper synopsis of a who episode without mention of the sonic "universal fixer of everything (tm)" Screwdriver?

  16. Yugguy

    All the Doctor Who series are being repeated on Horror.

    Baker and Pertwee FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. ratfox
    Thumb Up

    The Reg shan't reveal any details, in line with the BBC's plea to keep the scripts under wraps.

    You guys rock!

  18. alain williams Silver badge

    A lack of training by the BBC

    This sort of thing will happen again & again. Education about computers in schools is hopeless; for most it centers around things like trying to produce powerpoint presentations in a point and click manner without much thought and imparting little insight. Few are taught a bit about what is happening behind the GUI menus. Hardly surprising since most school teachers do not have much IT clue.

    Talk to many about security and they will think of blocking porn sites and stare blankly if you press for more.

    Companies are generally little better: assume that staff will muddle through.

    Until some real understanding is properly taught this script will be repeated endlessly.

  19. jarfil

    Doesn't matter

    Ok, so... I WANT THOSE SCRIPTS. Won't read them until after the episodes have aired, but I WANT THEM.

    As for anyone else, I don't see why would a non-fan want them, if they don't like Dr. Who in the first place. Spoiling the series? You can't, I won't believe anything you say anyway, so how would you do that.

    So as I see it, fans won't read them, non-fans will only spoil themselves (which is irrelevant), and nothing is lost any way.

  20. Benchops

    It's a decoy!

  21. admiraljkb

    I found the final bit of the article amusing

    "Jonathan Carlyle, identified by ABC radio as a moderator of Doctor Who forums, said he read the scripts, but only so it will be easier to find and delete spoilers posted to the boards he tends."

    I fully understand. We also only read Playboy for the articles too. (wink and a nudge heh heh?)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I found the final bit of the article amusing

      I stopped reading Playboy. My tongue kept getting stuck in the staples of the centre fold.

      (try getting that one out of your head now :) ).

  22. sisk

    Here's a conversation I had with a friend last night. For an added chuckle, I had no idea it had anything to do with Dr. Who till she mentioned season 8. Obviously we're both Whovians.

    Friend: I did a bad thing.

    Me: Shame on you. The Doctor would be very disappointed in you. Or proud. It all depends. What'd you do?

    Friend: You heard about the leaked scripts, right?

    Me: What leaked scripts?

    Friend: I have the scripts from season 8.

    Me: No spoilers or I'll go all River Song on you.

  23. jonnycando


    Even if I see a spoiler, I am gonna watch. Gotta watch. I must, and I cannot resist!

    1. John Bailey

      Re: Spoiled?

      So will everybody else who was going to watch. So really.. What harm is actually done?

      A few people get less suspense. Their loss.

      A few big mouths "spoil" the totally unpredictable and original stories that are not borrowed from anywhere else.. Honest.. Avoid them.

      And a few over excitable people go into a sulk.

      The horror..

  24. Stevie Silver badge



    Top Gear is ... scripted?

    *clutches chest, collapses*

  25. Zog_but_not_the_first

    Stories left by the old ones

    Never mind season eight. What happened to the supposed cache of "lost" episodes?

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    TIme warp probably

    The Doctor has bungled his time coordinates as usual, and his tv series is showing up backwards, look forward to the trailer!.

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