An upcoming episode of Doctor Who, titled ‘The Witchfinders’ was accidentally broadcast to American fans watching the show via Amazon Prime.
Fans who were intending to watch the most recent episode of the series, ‘Kerblam!’, were instead shown the episode due to follow it in the series.
Ironically, ‘Kerblam!’ takes place in a futuristic re-imagining of an Amazon-style warehouse staffed by robot workers, leading some to light-heartedly suggest that the streaming service’s broadcasting of a different episode was less than accidental.
In a statement, BBC Studios apologised for the mistake, saying: “We’re aware that an upcoming episode of Doctor Who was made available to Amazon Prime users in the US in error.
“We are investigating how this happened and have taken the steps to remove it. BBC Studios would like to apologise if anyone’s enjoyment of the series has been spoiled by this mishap.”
As io9 points out, the subtitles for ‘Kerblam!’ were still attached to the footage of ‘The Witchfinders’, leading to bizarre juxtapositions.
Meanwhile, the latest incarnation of The Doctor could be a short-lived one, with Jodie Whittaker rumoured to be quitting after a shortened second series.
A report in the long-running science-fiction magazine Starburst claims that new showrunner Chris Chibnall is dissatisfied with The BBC’s running of the show, and that Whittaker will quit along with him in solidarity.