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Six complaints to Ofcom about Doctor Who’s lesbian kiss

August 27th, 2014 by Dave Bowling 3 Comments

Ofcom has received six complaints after a kiss between Madame Vastra and Jenny featured (above) in Deep Breath, the first episode of the new Doctor Who season.

Although the Victorian London couple, portrayed by Neve McIntosh and Catrin Stewart, have appeared as lovers for three years, their first on-screen kiss sparked some people to attack what they saw as a “blatant gay agenda”, according to The Independent.

The moment came about when Vastra, Jenny, Strax and Clara hold their breath to escape clockwork droids who can sense humans by their movement and breathing. As Jenny struggles to hold her breath, Vastra helps keep her alive with her own air. Apparently Silurians don’t need to breathe as often as humans. Or something.

While the scene received a positive reaction from many viewers, others claimed it was “unnecessary” and “gratuitous”, with one reviewer accusing the BBC of “wanting to become a porn channel”.

Alternatively, maybe some people just need to sit down, accept that this is Western Europe in the 21st Century, crack a beer open and chill the f*@£ out.

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...