BBC Complaints response to Torchwood
The BBC have issued a response regarding a small number of complaints surrounding the gay content in Torchwood: Miracle Day
Torchwood: Miracle Day, inappropriate sexual content, BBC One
Publication date: 8 August 2011
We’ve received complaints from some viewers who feel it is inapproprate to show gay sex in Torchwood.
The BBC’s response
We have strict Editorial Guidelines which govern the content of our programmes, and Torchwood is no exception. These clearly state:
“In all BBC output the portrayal of sex, or the exploration of sexual issues, should be editorially justified and treated with appropriate sensitivity. In post-watershed content, we must be able to justify the frank and realistic portrayal of sex and the exploration of themes and issues which some people might find offensive.”
Captain Jack Harkness is an established character in the series. We felt the content was justified in terms of the context and character and would be within the expectations of regular viewers. We aim to depict relationships whether heterosexual or homosexual in an honest and realistic way. These scenes are not meant to cause offence.
To be honest, i didn’t even see a problem with the gay content in Torchwood: Miracle Day. I’ve even seen a few comments being sent to this blog regarding the Gay content in Torchwood. Such comments were immediately deleted since i will not tolerate any homophobic remarks being posted on this blog. All Comments have to be authorised and verified by myself. Any comments that i feel are offensive, prejudiced or filled with hate will be removed and deleted.
My only wish was that people were sending complaints regarding the bad story and character writing in Torchwood: Miracle Day.
My thanks to Doctor Who News for the information and website link.