Saturday's Doctor Who Has Had Its "Beheading Scene" Edited Out

As a result of the recent deaths of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, footage from this week's Doctor Who has been removed by the BBC.

While we don't know exactly what has been taken out, its believed that sequence in question from the Robin Hood-themed episode is from a battle between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham. In explanation, a BBC spokesman said, "In light of recent news events, we have made an edit to episode three out of respect."

When the episode filmed in February, it's pure and horrible coincidence that "Robot of Sherwood" just happened to contain a scene that mirrored reality. And an additional pure and horrible coincidence that it was set to air right on the heels of the killing of Sotloff by extremists. It's probably for the best that the BBC is acting now.

Sleepy Hollow didn't have that chance, and a promotion of their Headless Horseman via a "Headless Day" hit the Internet at the same time as the news of the journalist's death. Fox was quick to apologize, but the damage was already done.

[The BBC]