BBC Snips Swordfight in Tomorrow’s DOCTOR WHO

Doctor Who Series 8 (episode 3)Barbaric recent events in the Middle East have compelled the BBC to edit tomorrow night’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Robot of Sherwood,” to remove a beheading from the story’s climactic swordfight between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The powers-that-be are concerned that the fantasy sequence – which was filmed back in February, long before anyone in the West had heard of ISIS – might seem insensitive in light of the beheading of American journalists James Foley on Aug. 19 and Steven Sotloff on Sept. 2 by Islamic extremists representing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

A BBC spokesman told The Radio Times: “In light of recent news events, we have made an edit to episode three out of respect.”

“Robot of Sherwood,” in which the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) drop in on Robin Hood (Tom Riley), was written by Mark Gatiss and airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

2 thoughts on “BBC Snips Swordfight in Tomorrow’s DOCTOR WHO

    • I don’t think the idea was to shield kids so much as to avoid looking insensitive to recent events. I’m certain that the vast majority of people are aware that TV shows are filmed months in advance, but when this sort of collision of the real world and the reel world happens, it’s usually better to err on the side of caution and not give people an excuse to manufacture a controversy..

      There’s no doubt that the victor of the fight will still be clear, and I would guess that the complete scene will be included in the season DVD set.


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