BBC Studios Attempts To Uncover Identity Of Doctor Who Leaker By Going To Court
by Erik Amaya
Last week, a 53-second clip from the upcoming season of Doctor Who emerged online. And now BBC Studios is looking to uncover the identity of the person responsible.
According to The Wrap, the studio has asked a California Federal Court to subpoena Tapatalk, a California-based website where the footage first appeared, in order to obtain the identity of the user behind the leak. Tapatalk itself is not accused of any wrongdoing, but the studio wants to pursue every avenue available to them in order to find the leaker.
In a statement, the studio said it “takes the theft and illegal distribution of our content extremely seriously and will strive to protect our programme-makers, audiences and licence fee payers from any breaches of security – ensuring Doctor Who fans enjoy the final and fully completed version of the episode when it premieres.”
The series returns this Fall after a long absence with new Doctor Jodie Whittaker taking over from Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi. The new season will also feature Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill as the Doctor’s new companions. Behind the scenes, Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall has replaced showrunner Steven Moffat, who led the show to its greatest heights of fame in the US. The series airs on BBC America.
And despite my great interest in Doctor Who, I have not seen the leaked footage. I am waiting to be surprised during the Comic-Con panel, provided the leak doesn’t lead to BBC America withholding clips; as has happened before.