Oh, brilliant. So, after a nearly minute-long clip featuring Jodie Whittaker in a forthcoming episode of Doctor Who leaked online, BBC Studios is going to court to find out where the leak came from, the BBC has reported.
A 53-second clip featuring Whittaker as the 13th Doctor and two still images of the actor were shared through the California-based website Tapatalk a week ago (they’ve since been taken down). The BBC has filed an application with the California Federal Court to compel Tapatalk to produce records that could identify who leaked the footage. The BBC is not accusing Tapatalk of any wrongdoing.
BBC Studios said it takes “theft and illegal distribution of our content extremely seriously.” A spokesman added that BBC Studios “will strive to protect our programme-makers, audiences and license fee payers from any breaches of security – ensuring Doctor Who fans enjoy the final and fully completed version of the episode when it premieres.”
BBC Studios launched an investigation as soon as it learned of the leak. Since the clip had temporary music and had not undergone the process that gives the scene its final look, the Studio believes that this could help investigators identify where along the production chain the leak originated.
This is not the first time that material from Doctor Who has been leaked online. In 2014, scripts and footage from the series were accidentally placed on a publicly accessible server. BBC Worldwide apologized for the mistake. And in 2005, an individual was fired after allegedly leaking “Rose,” the first episode of the revived series.
Whittaker is the first woman to take on the role of the Doctor. The new 10-episode season of Doctor Who starring Whittaker begins airing this fall.