Doctor Who's interspecies same-sex 'kiss' will not be investigated: Ofcom

Doctor Who's interspecies same-sex 'kiss' will not be investigated: Ofcom

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 29 August 2014 14:06 Written by // Andrew Shaw

Seven million people in the UK watched the return of Doctor Who in a new series last weekend, but only six of them complained about its lesbian 'kiss'.

The episode, titled 'Deep Breath', was simulcast in Australia on the ABC.

In it Silurian lizard-woman Madame Vastra locked lips with her human wife Jenny Flint, a first for the couple who have appeared on the show since 2011.

The UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, says the kiss will not face an investigation.

“Having assessed the complaints, we can confirm that they do not raise issues warranting further investigation,” Ofcom said in a statement.

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

The episode featured clockwork droids who sense life forms by their breath, with Jenny attempting to hold her breath to avoid them.

When she struggled to breathe, however, Madame Vastra helped her survive by sharing her own oxygen.

Although the episode has received a generally positive reaction from fans, some have attacked the “unnecessary” kiss and they show’s “blatant gay agenda”.

Doctor Who has featured several queer characters, such as John Barrowman’s omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness.

'Deep Breath' was the first episode for ‘The Thick Of It’ actor Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor.


Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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