Media regulator Ofcom has confirmed that it will not be investigating complaints received following a lesbian kiss between two characters in the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8, Deep Breath.
The scene also prompted six people to direct their complaints to Ofcom, who responded by saying:
“Ofcom can confirm it received six complaints about a kiss broadcast in an episode of Doctor Who on Saturday 23 August. Having assessed the complaints, we can confirm that they do not raise issues warranting further investigation. Our rules do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same sex couples.”
The number of viewers who complained directly to Ofcom made up a very small proportion of Deep Breath‘s overall audience, with a peak of 7.3 million viewers tuning in to watch Peter Capaldi’s full-length debut as the Twelfth Doctor. Deep Breath also made it into the UK Box Office Top 10 with takings of over £500,000 from cinema screenings of the feature-length episode.
Doctor Who continues with the second episode of Series 8, Into The Dalek, which will air on Saturday 30th August at 7:30pm on BBC One – don’t forget to check out TGT’s exclusive teasers and our spoiler-free preview!