AceShowbiz - BBC bosses are planning to get tough with the thief who leaked a 53-second clip of the new Doctor Who series, starring Jodie Whittaker.
Tapatalk aired the footage last week, ends June 29 and now TV chiefs in the U.K. have asked a judge to force bosses at the California-based website to produce records which could help them identify the person or persons behind the leak.
"We take theft and illegal distribution of our content extremely seriously," a spokesman for BBC Studios says, confirming executives have have filed an application for information with the California Federal Court.
"We 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".
Reports suggest the footage Tapatalk aired was unfinished and featured temporary music.
BBC Studios lawyers moved quickly to ensure the Tapatalk link was disabled and to make sure the clip was removed from all social media platforms and video-sharing sites.
Meanwhile, Whittaker will make her debut as the new Doctor at San Diego's Comic-Con later this month. She became the first female to play the beloved TV timelord when she took over from Peter Capaldi at the end of the Christmas episode in 2017. Her first series of 10 episodes will be broadcast in the autumn.