After what could have been a complete disaster for Doctor Who producers when a US shipment of series 7 boxsets, including the series 7 finale, was accidentally delivered to a handful of fans weeks before schedule, and two weeks before the final had even aired on TV.
Desperate to keep the details of the series finale quiet, including the hint that the Doctor’s biggest secret would be revealed, show runner Steven Moffat literally begged those lucky enough (or unlucky enough, depending on which way you look at it), to keep schtum, even promising rewards if the ‘secret’ was kept out of the media.
Doctor Who brand manager Edward Russell took to social networking site, Twitter, after the mistake was realised to tweet fans:.
‘Production error in US means DW bluray shipped early,’ .
‘Let’s hope no one spoils it for those who want to enjoy it together on Sat. Please RT.’
Whilst the official Doctor Who Twitter account tweeted: ‘Some US DVDs of this series have gone out early. The #DoctorWho team would be hugely grateful if fans helped keep spoilers off the net.
‘Steven Moffat has promised if fans help keep the finale’s secrets, we’ll release a special video featuring Matt & David right after the ep!’
And it seems that his pleas worked as the episode went out last Saturday, as planned, without the ‘secret’ being published anywhere, and Steven Moffat has said that he is humbled by his fan’s loyalty and Dunkirk spirit.
And to show just how much he appreciates his fans discretion, he has released this following message to them:
“Never mind us blundering fools, check out the fans. 210 of them, with the top secret episode in 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.”