BBC apologizes to 'Doctor Who' fans and Steven Moffat for script leak

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It's been an interesting couple of weeks for the BBC. Five scripts from the upcoming season of "Doctor Who," along with a rough cut of the premiere episode, were leaked online in early July, leading to the network pleading with fans to not spread the pirated files.

Now they've released a second statement (via The Mirror), expressing their gratitude. "We would like to thank 'Doctor Who' fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks," it reads. "The mistake was damaging and resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site. While there is still a risk that this leak will result in more of this content emerging, so far the impact has been contained to a limited amount of this material through a combination of fans efforts and the plan that we put in place using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity."

The statement notes that disciplinary action has been taken after the incident, then goes on to apologize. "Our sincere apologies again to Steven Moffat, the cast and production team who toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff, the BBC," it reads, "and of course the fans who expect so much better."

"Doctor Who" Season 8 premieres Saturday, Aug. 23, on BBC America.
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