Ofcom has received six complaints after a lesbian kiss featured in Saturday night's Doctor Who episode, "Deep Breath".
The BBC sci-fi drama came under fire from some fans for the "inappropriate" moment between lizard-woman Madame Vastra and her human wife Jenny Flint that aired to seven million viewers.
Although the Victorian London 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.
But while the scene received a positive reaction from most viewers, others claimed it was "unnecessary" and "gratuitous", with one reviewer accusing the BBC of "wanting to become a porn channel".
"It just seems (executive producer Steven Moffat) is on some weird, lizard-lesbian perv trip," another wrote, according to gay news site, Pink News.
Fans were also quick to react on Twitter, posting comments both for and against the kiss.
Doctor Who has always been known for firsts. I can't see why the "first lesbian kiss" is such a big deal?— Indica (@IndyA1997) August 26, 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
#DoctorWho getting a few complaints from viewers who object to a "Lesbian Kiss" on a "Children's Program." I don't even know where to start.— Brendan Newton (@BrendanJNewton) August 26, 2014
24) "I can store oxygen in my lungs. Share with me" = Cheap excuse to get a girl-on-girl kiss in Doctor Who. Unnecessary.— Andrew Balcom (@AndrewBalcom) August 26, 2014
#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
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
The first episode of series eight saw Peter Capaldi take over from Matt Smith as the twelfth Time Lord after the regeneration in 2013's Christmas special.