Ofcom respond to ‘Doctor Who’ complaints

Lesbian kiss scene warrants no further investigation

The TV regulator Ofcom has responded to complaints about the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who shown on Saturday night.

The season 8 opener, titled ‘Deep Breath’, featured a lesbian kiss leading to complaints from six viewers.

A spokesman for Ofcom said: “Having assessed the complaints, we can confirm that they do not raise issues warranting further investigation.”

The viewers were said to be upset about the “inappropriate” nature of a scene featured in the episode when lizard-woman Madame Vastra kisses her human wife Jenny Flint. Neve Macintosh and Catrin Stewart have played the couple on screen for three years.

Ofcom added: “Our rules do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same sex couples.”

Peter Capaldi’s debut as the Time Lord was watched by almost seven million viewers. He became the twelfth Doctor after taking over from Matt Smith.

Reactions to his debut have been positive. Former Doctor Colin Baker tweeted: “Oh yes Peter Capaldi! Great stuff – great beginning Bring it on.”

Jenna Coleman returned as the Doctor’s sidekick Clara but reports suggest she may be leaving the show at Christmas.

Doctor Who continues on BBC One on Saturday with new episode ‘Into the Dalek’.