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Viewers complain that Doctor Who is ‘promoting’ homosexuality

Nick Duffy December 28, 2014

A number of viewers have complained to the BBC that sci-fi show Doctor Who is being used to ‘promote’ homosexuality.

In an episode that aired in August, the series featured its first lesbian kiss between Silurian lizard-woman Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her human wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).

The moment was deemed too controversial for audiences in Asia – with the kiss censored from broadcasts on the continent.

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

A report released by the BBC today 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”.

The report illustrated the BBC’s use of a policy that allows them to close down “trivial, misconceived, hypothetical, repetitious or otherwise vexatious” complaints.

Other comical complaints include the broadcaster ‘failing to give a Christian perspective’ on the formation of the Moon during a science documentary.

A spokesman for the BBC told the Telegraph: “The complaints framework that the BBC Trust put in place in 2012 allows the BBC to close down, after an initial response, complaints that for example are hypothetical, use abusive language, fail to cite any evidence or breaches of the BBC’s editorial guidelines.

“Only about 10 per cent of complaints fall into this category and if complainants are unhappy they can appeal to the BBC Trust.”

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