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.”
If you’re looking to brush up on your Inspector Spacetime history, here’s a link. There’s also an “official” Tumblr for all your pictures and .gif needs.
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.
Source: io9 via The Mary Sue