Wait and see
I for one will just wait to see the thing on TV......what's the point in spoiling it my searching and looking this stuff up?
Scripts for the first five episodes of the yet-to-be-screened and highly-anticipated series eight of Doctor Who have been leaked online. The leak is said to have come from BBC Worldwide's new Miami office, which was arranging translation of the new series for non-English speaking markets. The scripts are said to bear a BBC …
Yeah, the only problem then is avoiding the bloody spoilers from Trailers the BBC broadcast which give away massive hints as to what is going to happen, not to mention pictures of Cybermen stuck on the front of the Radio Times ruining any surprise as to the "big reveal"... :(
the only problem then is avoiding the bloody spoilers from Trailers the BBC broadcast
My favourite example of this was from something that ITV used to show at post-pub-o'clock. Sadly that space is now taken up by some sort of tv-roulette-scumbaggery. The show was 'Tour of Dury'.
In this episode someone fragged an officer while he's in the toilet. So whodunnit?
I can still remember sitting down with my revitalising cuppa and snack. They had the bit many US shows have before the theme music. "Next on Tour of Duty", and a soldier is shown being led away in handcuffs by the MPs.
Funnily enough, I guessed whodunnit quite early in the show...
I do hate fuckers with their spoilers though. I don't like the soaps, but my Mum was always annoyed when some arse at the Sun or Mirror decided to stick what was going to happen next on their front page. She didn't even read them, but there's always some other bugger willing to compound the felony by reading it out on the radio.
"My favourite example of this was from something that ITV used to show at post-pub-o'clock. Sadly that space is now taken up by some sort of tv-roulette-scumbaggery. The show was 'Tour of Dury'."
My example along those lines was the time [BBC|ITV] were showing the lunchtime as-live repeat of the (probably Japanese) F1 that had been on at around 5am, and had the programme announcer start with "And now another chance to see X win the (probably Japanese) grand prix"
Ok, technically it was a repeat and any real enthusiasts would have got up at unsocial-o-clock to watch it live, but nonetheless, anyone who had actually tuned in to watch the as-live showing probably still wouldn't want the end spoiled.
Re: The F1 GP - I actually sent a complaint message to BBC on Sunday because I was sitting down to watch the highlights of the British Grand Prix (having avoided any news etc earlier in the day) only to have BBC 3 News *immediately* before it announce the result in a way that was totally impossible to avoid seeing :-(
To me, the gold standard for spoilers remains this link: http://preview.tinyurl.com/p32jdkw.
For those unwilling to click the link (sadly, the direct link also spoils it), a hugely popular show was airing its' last several episodes, each of which addressed the final fate of one or more characters. So someone on the east coast saw an episode, promptly wrote up the above review, and posted it to Slashdot. The subject title gave away the major plot point, before the episode had even aired on the west coast, let alone non-American markets. Sort of like having an Citizen Kane review titled "Kane's only love was his sled, Rosebud". Bonus points for the clueless author claiming people who didn't want it spoiled shouldn't read the review.
Theft of a galactic screenplay is the entire premise of this upcoming season and you just gave away the crucial ending. At least you didn't say that the good doctor is caught using his sonic screwdriver to pick a place no sonic screwdriver should go. Ooops. Another spoiler!
"I for one will just wait to see the thing on TV"
I wish I felt the same. There'll be a cyberman (who's come back from the dead), a dalek (who's come back from the dead), the Master who's ... well you get the idea.The characters and sets will all have expensive GGI thrown at them to make it look as if someone has thrown expensive CGI at them and at a guess, it'll all happen in London with some obnoxious female 'cokerney' wimpering incessantly. But at least it'll all turn out nice and cuddly for the Christmas episode to offset the huge depression caused by the nasty death on Eastenders.
Sorry, should I have said "spoiler alert"?
I have never understood the concern with spoilers myself. You might know that "this happened" or "that happened," but the show is not about "this" or "that." It is about the process by which the story comes to "this" or "that." Only a complete lack of imagination can explain the thinking that knowing the "end" is equivalent to knowing the story. But then, I'm known to read stories back to front quite often, when the linear approach becomes too boring.
You might be surprised how complicated some of the "for kids" stuff can be. In a culture where anyone under 18 is classed, in significant ways, as still a child, such sneers are misleading. How much drama even tried to deal with the issues of loss and aging which permeate a Doctor Who story such as "The Girl Who Waited"?
Yet you say it is "just for kids".
There's something odd about the whole story. The staffer whose name is on the scripts which leaked night have been dropped in it by the people on the IT side. This might have been a how a script was passed on to a translator, in the past, without any problems. Why was it different this time?
"The scripts are said to bear a BBC watermark, the name of a staffer*..."
Hmm, that would be scapegoating. The first question I'd ask is how the staffer came up with the idea of using a public server. Don't they have internal resources? Don't they get training?
Most people I deal with are breathtakingly naïve when it comes to the dangers of the Internet, and need training to get at least some idea of how quickly information can wander off. I would assume ignorance over malice, and in that context throwing people onto the street strikes me as too harsh.
"So you can type cunt or fuck without fear of censorship"
Not quite true. I've called a couple of other commentards cunts (because they were) and seen my literary best efforts deleted by a moderator.
In more abstract use you should get away with it, but with the apparently rising number of US readers (some of whom have very little moral fibre) I suspect that there's a rising chance of others complaining. The sooner reg.com is divorced from reg.co.uk the better. Hopefully the likes of Don Jefe and other more liberal North Americans would chuck their lot in with us.
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This sort of thing will happen again & again. Education about computers in schools is hopeless; for most it centers around things like trying to produce powerpoint presentations in a point and click manner without much thought and imparting little insight. Few are taught a bit about what is happening behind the GUI menus. Hardly surprising since most school teachers do not have much IT clue.
Talk to many about security and they will think of blocking porn sites and stare blankly if you press for more.
Companies are generally little better: assume that staff will muddle through.
Until some real understanding is properly taught this script will be repeated endlessly.
Ok, so... I WANT THOSE SCRIPTS. Won't read them until after the episodes have aired, but I WANT THEM.
As for anyone else, I don't see why would a non-fan want them, if they don't like Dr. Who in the first place. Spoiling the series? You can't, I won't believe anything you say anyway, so how would you do that.
So as I see it, fans won't read them, non-fans will only spoil themselves (which is irrelevant), and nothing is lost any way.
"Jonathan Carlyle, identified by ABC radio as a moderator of Doctor Who forums, said he read the scripts, but only so it will be easier to find and delete spoilers posted to the boards he tends."
I fully understand. We also only read Playboy for the articles too. (wink and a nudge heh heh?)
Here's a conversation I had with a friend last night. For an added chuckle, I had no idea it had anything to do with Dr. Who till she mentioned season 8. Obviously we're both Whovians.
Friend: I did a bad thing.
Me: Shame on you. The Doctor would be very disappointed in you. Or proud. It all depends. What'd you do?
Friend: You heard about the leaked scripts, right?
Me: What leaked scripts?
Friend: I have the scripts from season 8.
Me: No spoilers or I'll go all River Song on you.
So will everybody else who was going to watch. So really.. What harm is actually done?
A few people get less suspense. Their loss.
A few big mouths "spoil" the totally unpredictable and original stories that are not borrowed from anywhere else.. Honest.. Avoid them.
And a few over excitable people go into a sulk.
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