Doctor Who has been nominated for a GLAAD award – for an episode which featured the show’s first lesbian kiss.

The sci-fi show has been nominated for episode Deep Breath – which aired in August, and featured its first lesbian kiss between Silurian lizard-woman Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her human wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart)

The pair have recurred on the show since 2011 and have long been portrayed as lovers.

Controversially, the moment was deemed too controversial for audiences in Asia – with the kiss censored from broadcasts on the BBC Entertainment channel in several Asian countries.

The censored version, excluding the kiss, was shown in Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

A BBC spokesperson told Pink News: “In order to comply with broadcast regulations in Asia where our BBC Entertainment channel airs, BBC Worldwide made a brief edit to the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8, but did so without detracting from the storyline.”

The episode has been nominated for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character).

It faces competition from the “Down a Tree” episode of Good Luck Charlie – the first Disney Channel show to feature a same-sex couple.

Later in the same series of Doctor Who, a previously male iconic character made a shock return in the finale – as a woman.

A report released by the BBC showed that three viewers had taken up formal complaints against the series for promoting a “homosexual agenda”, while the BBC as a whole was accused of “pro-gay bias”.