“Doctor Who” episode leaks onto the Net.

The folks at the BBC must be hopping mad to learn that a 45 minute episode of the newly regenerated Doctor Who television series titled simply Rose has been leaked onto the Internet some three weeks ahead of the show’s return to British television.

Rose is the name of the character played by pop singer Billie Piper, who will be the assistant to the Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston.

It is unclear how it came to be on the web and whether it is the final cut. The BBC was unavailable for comment.

The episode – which appears to be the series’ first instalment – begins with the Doctor and Rose being chased by Autons, shop mannequins that have come to life.

The series is hotly anticipated by fans, who have remained avid followers since the last series ended in 1989.

No shit. I remember being particularly upset when the series was put on indefinite hiatus back in 1989 with a great episode featuring The Master as the villain. The series seemed to finally be getting back to it’s glory days with Sylvester McCoy settling into the role nicely and the effects department getting a budget. A lot of us old fans are so hungry for new Who that we were even willing to watch FOX’s attempt at resurrecting the series even though we hated some of the changes they introduced. Alas, the pilot movie never generated enough ratings to get a series going. I’m actually more surprised it took this long for something to get leaked considering that the show was voted as the show most folks in England would like to see return to TV in 2003. The article goes on to mention that Christopher Eccleston, who will play the latest incarnation of The Doctor, actually wrote the show’s producers hoping to land the part.

Now the question is: Do I do the naughty thing and see if I can track down the episode to fulfill the burning desire to see if the new series is going to bring me tons of joy or crushing disappointment? There’s still no word on if the series will see syndication in the U.S. (though the BBC is trying very hard to make that happen) so I’ll probably end up having to grab the episodes off the net anyway if I want to see them anytime soon, but this is before it’s even been aired yet. Oooo! Tempting to say the least!

23 thoughts on ““Doctor Who” episode leaks onto the Net.

  1. Well, if it helps your decision in any way, I understand that most of the torrent sites that had the episode have pulled it down already due to too much media attention.

    I’ve been missing the show for years myself but I have been enjoying the original audio adventures that Big Finish has been putting out the last few years featuring Doctors 5 thru 8. They have been almost universally excellent.

  2. That may be KPatrickGlover, but I have a torrent of it on it’s way down now. Seeds: 7(805) Peers:17(2570). So it must be a popular file.

    It’s apparently going to take a little while to get. It’s coming down sporadically.

    I’ll let you know when I get the full file and if it’s worth tracking down. (Probably will be smile )

  3. Thanks y’all. I’ve been trying to find excuses to limit my exposure to television. Now I’m going to catch myself looking at that damn TV Guide again.  oh oh

  4. If you end up doing the naughty thing, then I expect to see a full Stupid Evil Review within a week.

    Autons = awesome.

  5. I’ll let you know when I get the full file and if it’s worth tracking down.

    Hehe. After I wrote that I decided to take a look for myself and did indeed find the file. Looks like they went back up. I’ve only watched a few minutes of it but it looks very entertaining indeed.

  6. Was never a big Dr Who fan (don’t hate me, don’t hate me!), but for those who are wondering whther the new series is going to be any good, I wanted to say that Christopher Eccleston is a fantastic actor. He’s been in loads of stuff, but particularly shone in a TV drama called The Second Coming – all about the return of the son of God, so people here should find it interesting if they haven’t already seen it – which is available on DVD (no, I’m not his agent).

  7. Very entertaining! I watched about 2/3rds last night before hitting the sack. Really enjoyed it.

    Reminded me a lot of the original series, same campy effects, just modernized digitially.

    Once you start downloading it, it comes down pretty fast since there are so many others getting it.

    I kind of hope that people in England rip the episodes as they are broadcast and put up the files on BitTorrent. I would definatly watch the series on my computer if that was my only option. smile

  8. Yeah, I’ve given in to the naughty instinct and am in the process of downloading the file as I type. I simply must see it.

    Missy, I won’t hate you for not liking Doctor Who if you can forgive my distaste for most of the various Star Drek series (in particular the original), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallvile, and a host of other similar shows. grin

  9. Oh come on! smile Buffy started out great! The same kind of campy that Doctor Who had, then things started happening with the show and it lost it’s campyness and became a statement show. I stopped watching it then.

  10. Buffy never became a statement show. Buffy & Angel are about the only genre shows that I like as much as I like Doctor Who. And the final season of Angel was the best season out of both series.

  11. What, you don’t think that Willow “coming out of the closet” wasn’t a “statement”? Maybe “statement” is the wrong term. It just looked to me like they were looking for new angles.

    Never really watched Angel that much. He was an interesting character in Buffy, but I really didn’t want to see him that much.

  12. OK, I just finished watching this first episode and I must say that I am thrilled with it. This is the sort of Doctor Who show I’ve been dreaming of for years. I really hope they manage to get one of the networks here in the states to carry it. The Sci-Fi channel is a logical consideration as back when that channel launched they actually licensed a couple of Tom Baker’s seasons for awhile.

    I thought it was cool that they took a cue from the American movie production in designing the interior set for the TARDIS. My only complaint is the fact that it appears they’re abandoning the multi-episode stories of the old series which made this episode feel like it was all wrapped up a little too quickly and easily. Eccleston has already won me over and Billie Piper as Rose seems believable enough. It’s a very exciting time to be a Doctor Who fan.

    Now, if you’ll pardon me, I must go off and do my happy dance.

  13. Hopefully, they will do like Stargate SG1 and Battlestar and have stories that last 2 or 3 episodes.

    As far as Eccleston goes, I think the second he popped his head in when Rose was trying to escape the manaquins in the store basement, I was convinced he was going to be a good Doctor.

    I would love to go off and do a happy dance too, but I’m concerned that we won’t be seeing these “legally” for quite some time.

    I just hope that someone across the pond takes a chance and puts them up on BitTorrent for others to watch.

    I’m really looking forward to the show airing here in the states. I just hope it’s soon.

  14. I’m reluctant to put up any sort of link here, Dave, but if you want to drop me an email I’ll send you the url for a UK based torrent site that will almost certainly carry the new Who. Hell, they have most of the original series up at any given time……

    You can drop me a line at kpatrickglover@yahoo.com

  15. I’m a little late, but Buffy made my life, & I keep the tombstone up in my classroom to remind myself what happens to intelligent people in the world.  As Joss put it “I took the road less travelled…& they cancelled my freakin’ show!”  All because the show actually had STANDARDS for it’s viewers!  (The official line was something about how it couldn’t draw in new viewers who weren’t familiar with the history.)  Sniff 🙁 the dialogue is unmatched, thank God for Point Pleasant & looking forward to the next X-men…but maybe I should pull myself out of the pout to check out Dr. Who…

  16. Ellie, I was with you until you said “thank god for Point Pleasant” at which point I almost fainted. I only watched the first episode, but it was one of most god awful, cliche ridden pieces of fox-fodder I’ve ever seen.

    On the Joss front, however, his movie, “Serenity” is due out this summer and he’s also being considered to helm a big budget Wonder Woman movie….

  17. Whedon has also had a good run on Astonishing X-men I’d recommend you check out if you’re a fan of his work. I’d love to see his ideas on Wonder Woman (if he gets the job).

    Anyway, I was sold on Christopher Eccleston the moment I heard that he was being considered for the role of the Doctor. I think the first time I saw him was on Cracker, where he put in a really intense performance, and had one of the best death scenes I’ve ever seen on television. I’ve been a fan since.

  18. Yeah,anyone who knocks Buffy obviously has’nt given it a chance ,or scored one of the rare duds.Sublime character interaction & humor.

  19. Hurrah! Always nice to see fellow Buffy fans…although I was slightly surprised that amidst all the praise, no one mentioned the added attraction of Buffy’s supreme sexiness in the early seasons (or Spike’s in the later episodes).

    Les, I’ll forgive you, but I’m very, very disappointed wink

  20. I never said it was a bad show. It just didn’t do anything for me. You’ll note that most of the shows I mentioned had a tendency to be a little soap opera-ish at times and I have a childhood aversion to soap operas. To me, Buffy was a soap opera that happened to have vampires and slayers in it. Same with Smallville.


    Acclaimed British actor Christopher Eccleston stars as DOCTOR WHO in the new BBC series, making its North American debut on CBC Television, Tuesday, April 5 at 8 p.m. Billie Piper, who starred in the critically acclaimed Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale, plays the Doctor’s companion, Rose Tyler.

    DOCTOR WHO is a smartly written, contemporary, full-blooded drama that embraces the original series’ heritage and introduces the characters to a modern audience.

    Travelling through time and space, the Doctor and Rose come face to face with a variety of new and menacing monsters, as well as battling with the Doctor’s arch-enemy, the Daleks. The series features a number of high-profile guest stars including Penelope Wilton, Simon Callow, Richard Wilson, John Barrowman, Noel Clarke, Annette Badland, Camille Coduri and Simon Pegg.

    Russell T. Davies, executive producer of DOCTOR WHO, said, “Eccleston’s Doctor is wise, funny and brave; an adventurer who travels through time and space. His detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world is in danger, but when it comes to relationships, he can be found wanting. That’s why he needs Rose. As they travel through history and across the universe, the Doctor shows Rose things beyond her imagination. She starts out an innocent girl, fettered by earthly concerns. But she ends up an adventurer who, by the end of the series, can never go home again.”

    Slawko Klymkiw, executive director programming, CBC Television said, “Bringing back the hugely popular DOCTOR WHO series to fans-new and old alike-was an exciting opportunity for CBC. We are pleased to be working closely with the BBC to bring Canadians this exceptional new series.”

    DOCTOR WHO is a BBC Wales Production for BBC One and is written by Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Paul Cornell and Robert Shearman. The executive producers are Russell T. Davies, head of drama, BBC Wales, Julie Gardner and Mal Young.

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