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The Doctor Joins Inspector Spacetime

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | February 19, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | February 19, 2014 |

Ok, so we all watch Community, right? Everyone not nodding, just leave, you’re not going to be happy in a thread such as this one. That’s not impoliteness, it would be impolite if I let you stay and be bored and confused by the awesomeness it has been empirically demonstrated that you cannot appreciate.

So there’s Inspector Spacetime, the fictional show within a show that is a riff on the real show Doctor Who. Well, the actor who played the Inspector on Community went ahead and made a short film on the Internet, as Inspector Spacetime. You can see it here:

And then NBC threw a tizzy, because damned if someone was going to copy their copyrighted copy that they had no actual rights to in order to not make money on the Internet. NBC: we don’t make money in television, so we won’t let you not make money anywhere else. And someone will pop up in the comments and say that NBC is required to lest they lose their copyright, and another Not a Lawyer will argue that’s bullshit, and then I’ll be SO tempted to dig out my old LSAT scores and sell them to somebody so that I completely eliminate the chance of being a lawyer while also making some soda money.

Anyway, not to be deterred, the individuals involved than simply changed the name of the “series” to: Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time, which is ever so lovely. Then they tossed it up on Indiegogo with grand ambitions of making a feature film of the copy of a parody.

There is nothing about this story I don’t love. It has everything: sticking it to the man, corporate villains, time travel.

But it gets better. Sylvester McCoy just joined the cast of the film. That’s right, the Seventh Doctor will be in a film that is itself a loving spoof of Doctor Who. In my thesis that all actors only play a single character each, thus unifying each of their respective fictional universes, Doctor Who and Community just joined universes. Fantastic.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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