BBC Edits Beheading From Dr. Who

Following the recent beheading of two American journalists in Syria, the BBC decided to cut a beheading sequence from the latest episode of the popular series.

Actor Peter Capaldi attends BBC America's "Doctor Who" premiere fan screening at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in New York. Credit: AP

Following the recent beheadings of two American journalists in Syria, the BBC has decided to edit a forthcoming episode of Doctor Who to remove a scene in which a character is beheaded.

The change to the episode, which is due to be broadcast on Saturday, was made "in light of recent news events," the corporation said. The BBC itself announced the move.

The Doctor Who episode, called Robot of Sherwood, is the third of the current series. It was filmed in February.

The BBC decided to remove a beheading sequence from the climactic fight scene between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The militants who beheaded journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff in recent weeks, released video footage of the killings. In the latest video, the Islamic State killers also threatened to kill a British hostage unless United States air strikes in Iraq were stopped.

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