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Yet, this is precisely what has transpired when it comes to Doctor Who and Amazon. As first uncovered via i09, this past weekend the US version of the company’s Prime Video service temporarily skipped the episode “Kerblam!,” airing instead the episode “The Witchfinders” that is set to air this weekend. There is a little bit of extra irony that comes with the change, largely in that “Kerblam!” as an episode is meant to be a spoof-of-sorts of Amazon and many of its technologies. (Reportedly, the closed captions for “Kerblam!” still aired for “The Witchfinders.”)
For those wondering, the mistake has long been noted and corrected, with BBC Studios even issuing the following statement all about it:
“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.”
While this is never a good thing for a series that prefers to have a number of surprises, at the same time we don’t think that there is really all that much to worry about here for Doctor Who. Given that many of its episodes are largely standalone, there’s not anywhere near as much to spoil here as there would be in the event that we were talking about a finale or something that actually really shook things up for the series. Much of Doctor Who is experiential and about diving into the world and really actually getting a chance to become immersed in some of the characters and people. The majority of viewers aren’t going to have seen it in advance of Sunday and in the end, the folks over at the BBC are going to be more than fine.
There are still a couple more episodes of season 11 on the other side of the “Witchfinders,” which is set many centuries in the past and focused on a situation that is basically implied in the title. Meanwhile, there is also a New Year’s special that will tie everything together before the series embarks on what is inevitably going to be a rather-long hiatus. It’s something that many longtime viewers should be familiar with.
What do you think about this Doctor Who mishap, and would you have even known about it were it not for the reports out there? Share right now in the attached comments. (Photo: BBC One.)