The BBC has requested a US court docket to compel a California-based web site to provide information which might establish who leaked footage of the following Doctor Who sequence.
A 53-second clip that includes the brand new Doctor Jodie Whittaker and two nonetheless pictures of the actor had been shared on Tapatalk a week in the past.
BBC Studios mentioned it takes “theft and illegal distribution of our content extremely seriously”.
The BBC has filed an utility with the California Federal Court.
A spokesman also stated that BBC Studios “will strive to protect our programme-makers, audiences and licence fee payers from any breaches of security – ensuring Doctor Who fans enjoy the final and fully completed version of the episode when it premieres”.
BBC Studios started an investigation as quickly because it was made conscious of the unauthorised leak.
It is known the unfinished clip had momentary music and had not gone via the method which determines the ultimate visible look of the scene.
That could assist investigators establish the a part of the manufacturing chain the place the leak originated earlier than it was uploaded to Tapatalk.
It additionally seems that a small variety of people on a completely different on-line platform, Discord, which is commonly utilized by gaming communities, had seen and mentioned the brief scene virtually a week earlier than it leaked publicly.
BBC Studios moved shortly to make sure the Tapatalk hyperlink was disabled and to take away the clip from social media platforms and video sharing websites.
Some followers on-line have speculated that the BBC could have deliberate to point out a completed model of the clip at San Diego Comic-Con.
First feminine Doctor
Jodie Whittaker and different members of the solid and crew are attributable to make an look on the conference later this month.
It will not be the primary time that Doctor Who materials has appeared on-line sooner than deliberate. In 2014 BBC Worldwide apologised after scripts and pictures from the sequence had been by chance positioned on a publicly accessible server.
And in 2005 an particular person who allegedly leaked the primary episode of the revived drama was sacked following an investigation.
Jodie Whittaker is the primary feminine actor to play the Doctor and her first sequence of 10 episodes is because of be broadcast within the autumn.