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Audiences are locked and loaded for Peter Capaldi to finally make his formal debut as the new Doctor. An anticipation for the August 23rd premier of Doctor Who Season 8, the BBC has released another dark and edgy teaser. He doesn’t talk at all in the new teaser…but somebody does, teasing the return of familiar and menacing villain.

Additionally, the scripts for the first five episode’s of Capaldi’s run as The Doctor have leaked on the Internet. Will you be tempted to read them?

What’s that River Song is always saying about spoilers?

More Daleks?  Daleks are a mainstays of Who lore, I don’t mind seeing them now and again but feel they don’t merit long 3-episode arcs. Now, I don’t dislike the Daleks but they’re not very scary. They almost never make threats that deliver lasting impacts and they could use a few upgrades to make them more menacing. I know the show has a large kids fanbase and you can’t go scaring the shit out of children, but nobody told that to the Weeping Angels from the “Blink” episode. That was an unsettling show and one of the best in the series’ 50 year run. The Daleks really could use a makeover and I’m looking to be pleasantly surprised.

In related news, it looks like the T.A.R.D.I.S. is leaking more than fire. As painful as electric phone shock seems, it doesn’t even slightly compare to what happened next: Some jerk’s gone and posted the scripts to the first five new episodes. This has prompted the BBC to release a statement, begging fans not to distribute the gold:

BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor Who Series 8 where unfinished material has inadvertently been made public. We deeply regret this and apologize to all the show’s fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series.

Oh, it goes on…

“We would like to make a plea to anyone who might have any of this material and spoilers associated with it not to share it with a wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the show as it should be seen when it launches. We know only too well that Doctor Who fans are the best in the world and we thank them for their help with this and their continued loyalty.

THAT SUCKS! As much as I like the occasional spoil-fest, I draw the line at my own investigations. When I was too busy to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I looked it up on the net to research what had happened. And when I watched Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., it was bound to bleed some info anyway, so whatever. But to go out of your way to sabotage a project that working people busted their asses to deliver is despicable. Forget the Daleks, as far as I’m concerned, the wretches who did this are the top villains of Doctor Who’s new season.

The feature-length episode, “Deep Breath” lands on TV’s August 23rd 2014.

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