As Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, the BBC and fans of the series around the world are seething over the apparent script leak from the forthcoming Peter Capaldi era, comes word that a rough cut of the first episode, “Deep Breath”, has surfaced courtesy of video pirate websites. Since the first five scripts from the upcoming season hit the Internets following a security breach at BBC, the network issued a plea to fans of the show to look away from potential spoilers. According to reports, the scripts were leaked after being sent via email between BBC bureaus. Speaking at the London Film & Comic Con on Saturday, Steven Moffat described the leaks as “…horrible, miserable and upsetting for Doctor Who team.
Script leaks and pirated rough cuts aside, the BBC has confirmed that Kumars at No 42 star, Sanjeev Bhaskar, has been added to the cast for the finale of series 8. The actor and comedian was understandably elated saying: “I’m thrilled to have made a small contribution to and now be part of the Doctor Who universe. Another dream box ticked!” Moffat then issued a sanctioned leak saying that Bhaskar’s character would play a very important role in the S8 finale. “I’m completely thrilled that Sanjeev Bhaskar is coming to the aid of the Doctor,” said the showrunner of his latest cast member. “The danger is never deadlier than in a finale episode, and the Time Lord is going to need all the help he can get!”
Bhaskar’s addition to the cast continues the S8 tradition of having a strong cameo line-up of guest stars including Keeley Hawes, Hermione Norris, Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Michelle Gomez and Grammy award-winning British pop singer/songwriter, Foxes. Leaks or no leaks, the Peter Capaldi era begins worldwide on Saturday, 23 August.