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‘Doctor Who': BBC Bosses Defend Cremation Storyline After Receiving Complaints

06/11/2014 10:57 GMT | Updated 06/11/2014 10:59 GMT

BBC bosses have been forced to defend a recent ‘Doctor Who’ storyline, after receiving over 100 complaints from viewers.

In Saturday night’s show, one scene saw a character explain that dead bodies can feel the pain when they are cremated.

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The Mirror reports that 118 people complained to the BBC, prompting them to issue a statement on the matter.

“Doctor Who is a family drama with a long tradition of tackling some of the more fundamental questions about life and death,” the statement reads. “We were mindful of the themes explored in Dark Water and are confident that they are appropriate in the context of the heightened sci-fi world of the show.

“The scene in which a character reveals 3W's unconventional theory about the afterlife was preceded by the same character warning the Doctor and Clara several times that what they were about to hear could be distressing.

"When the Doctor does hear these claims, he immediately pours scorn on them, dismissing them out of hand as a 'con' and a 'racket'.

“It transpires that he is correct, and the entire concept is revealed to be a scam perpetrated by Missy."

Despite the fact 7 million people tuned in to watch the series’ premiere, ‘Doctor Who’ ratings have dropped significantly and around 5 million viewers saw the most recent episode.

In September, producers decided to cut a beheading scene, following the murder of two journalists by Islamic State militants.

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