While The Big Bang Theory may be considered the television show about nerds, I think it’s Community which actually wins out as TV’s nerdiest show. If only for the fact it’s spawned a devoted fanbase for a fake show that is a parody of a show most people, upon being explained the premise, would think is fake. A Doctor Who reference, and one as meta and awesome as Inspector Spacetime, is pretty damn nerdy.
And it’s about to crossover from the fictional world to the real world, just like in some campy, sci-fi TV series. Announced at this weekend’s Doctor Who convention, Gallifrey One, Inpector Spacetime is becoming a web series. And not in the way of Donald Glover and Danny Pudi recreating their weird, little fantasies like they do in the show. No, this is a real Inspector Spacetime show as seen in its first appearance.
The Inspector is played by Travis Richey and he’s who will be producing this six episode series. In the first episode, of which there was a dramatic reading at the panel, the Inspector and his faithful Constable travel to Second New Old Earth 7, battle the Blorgons with his weapon of choice, the Optic Pocketknife, and come the end of the episode we ‘ll meet the Inspector’s arch-nemesis, Boyish the Extraordinary.
They also showed a slide show revealing much of the history of Inspector Spacetime, specifically those past actors who’ve played the Inspector, “Christopher Lee in the 1960s, Stephen Fry in the 1980s, and Steve Carell in the 1990s TV movie.”
There’s really be no word from anyone involved with Community about the proposed show. Richey said this to io9, clarifying,
Dan Harmon, Community, NBC and Sony have nothing to do with this web series. I pitched it to them after my first episode of Community, but never heard back from them one way or another. So I’m going to do it myself, with the help of fans. I’m launching a Kickstarter campaign in a matter of hours for an equipment budget, and the complete story can be read there.
I can see no reason why they’d want to squash a fan-made web series, particularly when the future of their own show is still up in the air. Hopefully with enough Kickstarter funding this becomes reality.
Come on, I’m sure you could spare a buck or two to see Inspector Spacetime live up to its fandom. Below I’ve included Richey’s plea to the fans from his Kickstarter page.
My name is Travis Richey. I was a fan of both Doctor Who and Communitybefore ever getting the opportunity to audition for the role of Inspector Spacetime.
After my first scene of Inspector Spacetime was shot for Community, I instantly saw the potential for the character, and set about creating this web series with my writing partner. And it turned out pretty damn awesome. I thought it would be a great idea to take it with me if I ever got to do another episode, give it to the folks at Community and say, “You guys should make a web series of this, and by the way, here’s a script!”
Turns out that Hollywood doesn’t work quite that way… It had to be pitched through official channels. So my agent pitched it. Even then, I didn’t hear anything.
Strike that. We’d have to do it. Ourselves. The fans. Because that’s what we do. It is, in fact, what made Inspector Spacetime anything at all. Fans turned a 15-second clip into a show with 50 years of history!!
So I’m going to make the Inspector Spacetime series, and I need some help to do it. I’ve made several hundred minutes of original comedy content over the last few years, on no budget. Unfortunately, though the writing and acting are excellent, you can see the lack of budget in the production quality. I thinkInspector Spacetime deserves to look and sound like it belongs on TV (because, frankly, it does).
For that, I’m turning to Kickstarter to raise a minimal budget for equipment only. At this point, no one involved in the production will be paid for their work, and no one will make one dime off the finished product. There won’t even be ads on the Youtube videos. We’re making this show because I know fans want to see it. I know, because I’m one of them.
To be clear; NBC, Sony, and the Community production team have nothing to do with this web series. It is entirely fan produced. With your help.