BBC Edits 'Doctor Who' Beheading Scene After ISIS Killings

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The edit follows the grisly murders of Steven Sotloff and James Foley by Islamic State terrorists

The BBC has edited a potentially sensitive beheading scene from its Doctor Who drama this weekend following the ghastly executions of two U.S. journalists by Islamic State militants.

The third episode of Doctor Who on Saturday features a clash between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham that initially ended with a decapitation.

"In light of recent news events, we have made an edit to episode three out of respect," a BBC spokeswoman told The Guardian newspaper.

A BBC spokesman also confirmed the edit of the Doctor Who scene to The Hollywood Reporter.

Canada's Space channel said it will air the edited Doctor Who episode over the weekend.

The editing of Doctor Who follows the murders of U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley; ISIS terrorists claim they beheaded both men.

Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m. A statement from a BBC spokeswoman to The Hollywood Reporter was added.