By Melisa Tang
British broadcasting standards officials have declined to launch a full investigation into complaints about a kiss between same-sex characters on the season premiere of cult sci-fi drama Doctor Who.
Actor Peter Capaldi made his debut as the Time Lord in Deep Breath, the first episode of series eight, which aired in the U.S. and U.K. last weekend, but some viewers took issue with a scene featuring a lingering kiss between lizard-woman Madame Vastra, played by Neve McIntosh, and her human wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).
Six fans officially lodged their dismay at the “gratuitous” and “unnecessary” footage with watchdogs.
However, Ofcom bosses have dismissed the case and a statement issued to Britain’s The Independent newspaper reads: “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.”