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IF you found a top secret script for a new episode of one of TV's most popular shows, would you be able to hand it straight back without releasing any spoilers? That's exactly what one Cardiff student did after finding a Doctor Who script in the back of a Cardiff taxi.

Hannah Durham stumbled upon the script for a forthcoming episode of the sci-fi show during a night out.

Producers, scriptwriters and fans of Doctor Who thanked her for returning the missing script and preventing precious plot details from being leaked online.

Hannah told the Echo she was unaware of the significance of the find until she was bombarded with praise from the show's "Whovian" fans.

She said: "I had never even heard of a Whovian before. I have had so many tweets from people thanking me for returning it - it has just been crazy." She added: "I like Doctor Who but I haven't seen it in a while, so the whole significance passed me by a bit."

Hannah discovered the script on Halloween night at about 10pm after getting into a black cab with friends in Cathays.

Dressed as a skeleton, Hannah spotted the top-secret script, entitled The Last Cyberman, tucked inside a seat pocket.

The 20-year-old said she placed the script in her bag and only fully realised it was a Doctor Who script the next day. Hannah said she wasn't tempted to read the contents - or sell it.

She said: "I glanced at it enough to see that it was a script and I saw the title and everything, but I didn't feel the urge to read through it or copy it or anything."

Hannah set about attempting to return the script to show bosses by e-mailing and tweeting scriptwriters and producers.

Her friend Ben Rowling, a fan of Doctor Who, helped her get in touch with the show's production team.

Cardiff University student Hannah eventually arranged to hand in the script at the BBC's Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay.

The final-year English Literature student's good deed was widely praised.

And scriptwriter Neil Gaiman, who wrote the episode, personally offered his thanks.

He wrote on Twitter: "A world-sized pat on the back to Hannah who found a copy of the Dr Who I wrote, an actress left in a taxi, and returned it safe & sound."

Hannah said she hoped the BBC would be able to offer her some work experience after returning the Doctor Who script.

CYBERMEN SET TO RETURN DOCTOR Who villains the Cybermen will make a reappearance when the show returns for a run of eight episodes in spring 2013.

An all-star cast has been lined up to appear in the episode, including EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite and Warwick Davis, the star of Ricky Gervais' sitcom Life's Too Short.

Jason Watkins, from Being Human and Lark Rise to Candleford, will also appear among the stellar cast.

The official Doctor Who team blog said the guest stars would portray "a band of misfits on a mysterious planet".

'SPOILERS' What could have been in the script ¦ The Doctor battles the UK's newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners after they replace the entire police workforce with Cybermen hell-bent on global domination. ¦ The Doctor signs a £1m record deal with music mogul Simon Cowell after winning The X Factor. ¦ Fresh from a successful run of episodes set in the US, the BBC attempts to crack the Eastern market by sending the Doctor to China.

The cast of MTV's The Valleys become the Doctor's new companions as the time lord arrives in Cardiff on a busy Friday night.

Former companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) return to Matt Smith in a dream with a message. Amy screams: "Get out before you become typecast and ruin your career! Do you really want to be doing Virgin Media ads with David Tennant!?"

Caption: Cardiff University student Hannah Durham returned a Doctor Who script which she found in the back of a taxi. She is pictured at the Dr Who Experience, Cardiff Bay

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