Several complaints have been made to the TV watchdog Ofcom over the lesbian kiss between Madame Vastra and her wife Jenny on Doctor Who, as the two locked lips in front of 7 million viewers.
Although the 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”.
The moment came about when Jenny holds her breath to escape clockwork droids who can sense humans by their exhalations. As she struggles to breathe, Madame Vastra helps keep her alive with her own oxygen.
Angry viewers decided to write to Ofcom as they felt the kiss was ‘inappropriate’ to have on before 9pm. They also took to twitter
‘The BBC wants to become a porn channel’, one said, with another criticising the show for its ‘weird lesbian-lizard perv trip’.
#doctorwho is awful tonight. Full of nonsense, all over the place, lesbian lizards and shocking cgi. Bring back Russell T and Tennant!
— Thomas Mann (@thomasmann) August 23, 2014
Despite this small backlash the scene did receive an overwhelming positive reaction.
Doctor Who. The only show that can have an interspecies lesbian couple and no one bats an eye lid
— freeDOM (@dom_claude_scar) August 23, 2014
If Vastra’s and Jenny’s kiss offended you more than the writing and plot of the new #DoctorWho you need to sort out your priorities.
— Haydn Chalcraft (@HaydnChalcraft) August 26, 2014