BBC probe new Dr Who episode leak (on Yahoo)
The BBC is investigating the leak on the internet of an episode from the new series of Dr Who.
Starring Christopher Eccleston as the Time Lord and Billie Piper as his assistant, the episode has been seen by fans ahead of the launch of the sci-fi series on BBC1 this month.
The 45-minute instalment from the multi-million pound revival, the first new Dr Who series in 15 years, is named Rose, after Piper's character.
The BBC said the leak was "a significant breach of copyright which is currently under investigation".
A spokeswoman said: "The source of it appears to be connected to our co-production partner.
"We would urge viewers not to spoil their enjoyment and to wait for the finished version which airs at the end of the month."
The leak appears to be that of the first episode, but it is not clear whether it is the final cut.
It begins with the Doctor and Rose being chased by Autons, shop mannequins that have come to life, according to the BBC's entertainment website.
On Monday Russell T Davies, the writer and executive producer, said Eccleston approached him about playing the Doctor.
Davies told the Radio Times: "He emailed me and said if we were looking for a Doctor Who he'd be interested. The first couple of episodes were written before Chris was cast so I'd established a template for what I wanted, which fitted Chris perfectly."
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