Doctor Who plea after US DVD error

Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in Doctor Who Jenna-Louise Coleman, left, who plays assistant Clara Oswald, presented a TV Bafta on Sunday

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US Doctor Who fans are being urged to keep the plot of Saturday's finale secret after DVDs of the series were sent out early in error.

BBC Worldwide said "a small number" of fans had been sent pre-ordered DVDs three weeks early.

It asked those with the DVD not to reveal plot details which would ruin the "viewing pleasure" of others.

It promised footage of current Doctor Matt Smith with predecessor David Tennant "if everyone keeps the secret".

"A small number of US Doctor Who fans have received their series seven part two DVD three weeks early," BBC Worldwide said in a statement.

"We are asking fans who may have the discs not to divulge plot details so that fellow fans who have yet to see the episodes do not have their viewing pleasure ruined."

It said BBC Worldwide was "currently investigating how this has happened".

It added executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat had promised the special video featuring Smith and Tennant if the secret was kept.

David Tennant, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith at the 50th anniversary show read-through in April Tennant, left, and Smith, right, met last month for a read-through of the 50th anniversary show script

Saturday's episode of the BBC One show, The Name of the Doctor - written by Moffat - comes ahead of a 50th anniversary 3D special, due to air on 23 November.

Tennant and Billie Piper, who played his on-screen companion Rose Tyler, are among those who will guest star.

Tennant starred in Doctor Who from 2005 to 2010, while Piper first appeared in 2005 opposite Christopher Eccleston, who played the ninth Doctor.

'Heartbreaking' spoilers

In May 2011, Moffat criticised those "who call themselves fans" who revealed crucial plot lines ahead of transmission.

"You can imagine how much I hate them," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I wish they could go and be fans of something else."

He said it was "heartbreaking" when a fan, who had been invited to a press screening but asked not to give away spoilers, had posted the entire plot of two episodes on an internet forum "because you're trying to tell stories and stories depend on surprise".

"So to have some twit who came to a press launch, write up a story in the worst, most ham-fisted English you can imagine, and put it on the internet [is heartbreaking]."

The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who was marked at Sunday night's TV Baftas with a video montage while Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays current assistant Clara Oswald, presented an award.

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