Read Moffat's love letter to fans for not spoiling leaked Who finale

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May 20, 2013

In a mistake of momentous proportions, BBC America accidentally shipped pre-order DVDs to a few hundred Doctor Who fans that included the yet-to-air season-seven finale “The Name of the Doctor.” But, shockingly, those fans played ball with BBC’s plea to keep the secrets under wraps — and now Steven Moffat wants to say thank you.

Moffat posted a great blog over at The Guardian, poking fun at the BBC’s gaffe and talking about how he’s generally “gobsmacked” at how fans responded to not ruin everything for the rest of us.

After watching the episode, most fans would agree that ending wouldn’t have had nearly as much bite had it been spoiled, and Moffat was very appreciative:

“Well that was all a bit Keystone Cops, wasn't it? Our biggest surprise,our most secret episode, a revelation about the Doctor that changes everything ...

... and we'd have got away with it too, if we hadn't accidentally sent Blu-ray copies of Name Of The Doctor to 210 Doctor Who fans in America. Security-wise, that's not GOOD, is it? I mean, it's not top-notch; it's hard to defend as professional-level, hard-line secrecy.

My favourite fact is that they're Blu-Rays. Listen, we don't just leak any old rubbish, we leak in high-def – 1080p or nothing, that's us. Every last pixel in beautifully rendered detail. It's like getting caught extra naked.

But here's the thing. Never mind us blundering fools, check out the fans. Two hundred and ten of them, with the top-secret episode within their grasp – and because we asked nicely, they didn't breathe a word. Not one. Even Doctor Who websites have been closing their comments sections, just in case anyone blurts. I'm gobsmacked. I'm impressed. Actually, I'm humbled. And we are all very grateful.

Now you might be thinking, what does all this matter? It's a plot development in the mad old fantasy world of Doctor Who, why is that important? Well of course, it's not important, and in the scheme of things, it doesn't matter at all. Just as it doesn't matter when you're telling a joke, and some idiot shouts out the punchline before you finish. It's irritating, that's all. It's bad manners.

Well, no bad manners here! Two hundred and ten Doctor Who fans kept the secret, and many, many more fans helped. I wish I could send you all flowers, but I don't know where you live (and, given our record, you really shouldn't be sharing private information with us). So instead, if we can get our act together – and I forgive you for thinking that's a big if – there will be a little video treat released on the Doctor Who site later tonight.

Ten plus 11 gives you ...”

In addition to this great insight into Moffat’s mind, the showrunner was also kind enough to give us a deliciously awesome little extra: a behind-the-scenes clip of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) bantering and teasing the 50th anniversary. Nothing too spoilery, but it’s still unbelievably awesome to see these two hanging out.

What'd you think of the finale? Was it a secret worth keeping?

 (Via The Guardian)

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