Tuesday, May 14, 2013

'Doctor Who' DVD flub releases 'The Name of the Doctor' early?

If there were ever a time that Whovians wanted the Silence to fall, it is now. Less than a week before the huge Season 7 finale, the official BBC Doctor Who Twitter accounts (@DoctorWho_BBCA, @BBCAMERICA, @bbcdoctorwho) released a very important statement on May 12:

"Some of the US DVDs of this series have gone out early. The #DoctorWho team would be hugely grateful if fans helped keep spoilers off the net."

For 50 years he has simply been known as the Doctor and, after many teases, we will finally know his given Gallifreyan name on May 18 in the episode "The Name of the Doctor." This is a big deal in the "Whoniverse," so imagine the desperation felt by the BBC and Doctor Who crew to keep this secret quiet -- despite the DVD flub and spoiler-happy trolls -- until the episode officially airs.

Steven Moffat himself stated that if fans help to keep the finale a secret that a video featuring Matt Smith and David Tennant will be released after the episode airs! But maybe Moffat's tease isn't necessary. After all, when new Companion Jenna-Louise Coleman turned up unexpectedly in last September's Season 7 premiere, the secret remained relatively safe despite numerous large-scale screenings. So maybe Who fans know how to keep a good mystery under wraps.

So, fellow Whovians, if you were lucky enough to receive the early/accidentally released DVDs, please keep the secrets to yourselves and if you must share? Everyone say it together in their best River Song voice..."hush now, spoilers."

-Nowal Massari