Last Fall Community referenced Doctor Who in a scene (video below) where Abed discovers his new favorite TV show, Inspector Spacetime, which became a meme. Then this mise en abyme returned throughout the season in the form of clips and posters in the background of scenes. Now for the awesome news: we might be getting an Inspector Spacetime web series, as reported by io9′s Charlie Jane Anders who attended the Gallifrey One Doctor Who convention this weekend.
The six-episode web series was announced at the convention by Travis Richey, the actor who plays The Inspector and will star in and produce the series. After the announcement, there was a dramatic reading of the first episode (explained at io9) and a slideshow of all the actors who have played The Inspector in the alternate Community timeline (truly not the darkest timeline). It turns out Christopher Lee was The Inspector in the ’60s, then Stephen Fry in the ’80s, then Steve Carell in the TV movie.
Now here’s the bad news: the Community writers aren’t involved, Richey is relying on Kickstarter for $20,000 in funding, and NBC could put the kibosh on the entire project at any time. Richey tells io9, “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.”
Well, that’s reassuring and won’t annoy NBC’s lawyers at all. So is NBC going to allow the project, and will Kickstarter members really fund another web series? I suppose The Inspector would say there’s always room for one more.