BBC cuts lesbian "kiss" in Doctor Who

The BBC has cut a lesbian kiss in Doctor Who to avoid offending its Asian audience.

The kiss between lizard woman Madame Vastra (played by Neve McIntosh) and her wife Jenny (played by Catrin Stewart) was seen by ten million viewers in the UK.

However it was decided that the kiss would offend the show's audience in Asia and the scene was deleted.

George Dixon, BBC Worldwide's global editorial director, said: "When preparing shows for international transmission, we occasionally have to make edits to ensure we're not breaking any local broadcasting rules."

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "The BBC should not bow to censorship demands from other countries.

"If these countries are bigoted and are not willing to show same-sex love, they have no right to demand that the BBC conforms to their standards of prejudice."

However, Doctor Who fans have pointed out that the kiss was not in fact a kiss, but a "transferral of oxygen" when the two characters were being attacked by killer androids.