Monday 22 December 2014

BBC edits Doctor Who beheading scene after IS murders

Robert Dex

Published 04/09/2014 | 17:44

Still image from undated video of a masked Islamic State militant speaking next to man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location...REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE.    
A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. Islamic State insurgents released the video on August 19, 2014 purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, and images of Sotloff whose life they said depended on U.S. action in Iraq. The video, titled "A Message to America," was released a day after Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large parts of Iraq, threatened to attack Americans "in any place." U.S. officials said they were working to determine its authenticity.   REUTERS/Social Media Web
Still image from undated video of a masked Islamic State militant U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff who has reportedly been beheaded.

The BBC has edited this Saturday's episode of Doctor Who to remove a scene where a character is beheaded after the murder of two journalists by Islamic State militants.

A video released this week showed the beheading of American reporter Steven Sotloff by the same masked jihadi, believed to be British, who murdered James Foley last month.

The removed scene comes at the climax of this week's show which includes a fight scene between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "In light of recent news events, we have made an edit to episode three out of respect."

This is not the first time the corporation have made changes to programmes in light of current events.

In 2012, it pulled an episode of crime drama New Tricks about an under-age sex ring in a care home in the light of allegations about DJ Jimmy Savile.

The same year it postponed the final episode of Good Cop after the deaths of policewomen Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.

The drama, starring former Hollyoaks and Luther actor Warren Brown, featured a violent attack on a female police officer.

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