Well, this sucks. Only last week after a hugely successful panel at Gallifrey One we heard Travis Richey, Inspector Spacetime himself, was developing a web series around Community‘s Doctor Who-parody. Not anymore.
Turns out once NBC and Sony heard what Richey was planning and they sent in the lawyers. Here’s the update Richey posted to his Kickstarter page,
Lawyers from Sony and NBC have contacted me demanding that I cease production on an Inspector Spacetime web series. Though I firmly believe the law would be on my side in producing this parody, I have no wish or ability to fight a show that I love as much as “Community.” I had hoped that they would embrace what is essentially a fan film and appreciate the value it adds to the character, and the audience that we would bring who are finding “Community” for the first time through this character, but alas, that’s not the case. So, I will be removing all references to Inspector Spacetime from this series (it only happened in the title anyway), and altering the appearance of the Inspector so that he does not look like Inspector Spacetime. What remains is 100% the creation of myself, my writing partner, and you, the fans. If you would still be interesting in seeing the series that would have been Inspector Spacetime, I appreciate your support.
I reiterate, what a bummer. A particular shame since io9 recently shared out first look at the proposed series and it looked, AWESOME!
Here’s a video of the Inspector Spacetime panel at Gallifrey One, including a dramatic reading of the first episode.
The good news is the project isn’t totally dead. As of now Richey is still developing a webseries under the title, “Untitled Webseries About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time.” Huh? Wonder what that could be about? And he’s already raised $11,792 of his $20,000 goal, so I think he’ll have the cash to make it happen.
Hopefully by altering the name and costume Richey can avoid anymore legal action from NBC. Which only seems fitting since that’s how Community avoided any trouble from the BBC in the first place.
Community returns to NBC on March 15th, will the Inspector?
Source: Topless Robot