Re: Did the BBC just troll people?
"The kiss served no purpose in the story, didn't do a whole lot in the way of character development, and was rather clumsily shoehorned into the writing with an excuse."
Apart from the fact that the clockwork zombies home in on breath, and the human girl's lung capacity was less than the lizard girl's. So they shared.
Some reptiles, such as I thing Crocodiles, can hold their breath for amazingly long periods, so is it really unthinkable that she would have that attribute?
Do some strenuous exercise such as fighting off the aforementioned clockwork zombies, or moving a large item of furniture, and see if you can hold your breath for as long as you can when not breathing hard.
How do you propose the lizard transfers some of her air to the human?
A "totally believable" snorkel carried on the off chance?
An arbitrary hollow finger?
Oh the howls of outrage from the nitpickers about the plot hole. And people whine about the over use of the sonic.
The monster homing in on breath is not a new concept either.
Some of the Chinese vampire movies such as Mr Vampire portray Chinese vampires as homing in on breath too, so to evade them, don't breath.
Countless stories where people share breath to get to the surface when one has been trapped underwater..
Some real insects even use breath to home in on prey.
"I almost looks like this was the BBC's plan all along: Put something a tad provocative in knowing it would be sure to stir up complains from the easily offended homophobes* thus giving them a little publicity and making said homophobes look like the prudes and idiots they are."
Oh no.. surely not.. They would never do that.. Like the two women who kissed on DS9 years ago and caused outrage among the easily offended, or Uhuru and was it Spock, or Kirk's mixed race kiss?
It's a plot line. It rounds the characters out a smidge with a potential for a bit of back story. Deal with it.
Any worse than Captain Jack, and the any gender, any species, any time meme?
"*They all deny it, but does anyone seriously believe there would have been complaints had one gender differed?"
Who all denies it?
With people who get outraged for a hobby.. Sure. Some just love to tell anybody they can corner how offended they are. Just look at any story here.
Good on Ofcom for telling them to grow up and piss off.
It's 2014. looking at your feet and mixing up words up is not a believable depiction of affection any more. People engage in marital unpleasantness all over the place, and this would be a great opportunity to explain to a kid that sometimes people like to snog someone the same gender.