Jodie Whittaker is about to make her full debut as the first female incarnation of the infamous Doctor, but it seems some people just couldn’t wait, as footage from the first episode of her series was leaked online.
Following the lead, the BBC has gone to a Washington court in efforts to track down the source of the leak that happened earlier this year and is pursuing Microsoft for more information. According to the uncovered court papers published by TorrentFreak, the footage was stored and shared on a file-hosting service called OneDrive, which is operated by Microsoft. The papers state that “the petitioner, referred to as ‘BBC Worldwide Limited t/a BBC Studios (Distribution),’ requests the court to subpoena Microsoft with regards to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).”
The BBC is essentially asking Microsoft to hand over any details that could be important in regard to a file that was stored and shared on One Drive that included footage from the first episode of the new season of ‘Doctor Who.’ BBC previously took the matter to California federal court to subpoena mobile community platform Tapatalk hoping to identify the individual responsible for the leak.
The is certainly not the first leak that the team behind ‘Doctor Who’ has had to deal with, but this incident was surprising, especially given the lockdown on the series since new showrunner Chris Chibnall took over for Steven Moffat. Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, a law firm known for its intellectual property practice, will be representing BBC Studios.
The highly anticipated 11th season of ‘Doctor Who’ is slated to air on BBC America in the fall!