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The Doctor Joins Inspector Spacetime

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | February 19, 2014 | Comments ()


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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.



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  • solafidex

    Surprised at how invested I was in that...just tell her you love her already!

  • googergieger

    I'd watch it.

  • TalKal

    Did no one else notice the amazing cameo by Robert Picardo, who played a character on Star Trek: Voyager who also went by the name "Doctor"? Nice little nod to the original there too, I think.

  • WestCoastPat

    Could we please stop making the argument that NBC has no rights to the idea? Yes, they have no right to every Doctor Who satire/parody created, but they have every right to the one THEY created. Being an actor in a production does not give you rights to the character for your own purposes.

  • Well, how much say does NBC actually have in this? It is a parody of a property they don't own, created by someone as a joke tangential to the actual product they produce for the network. And now that they changed the name, NBC really doesn't have so much to stand on.

    I'm not saying NBC doesn't have the right to say anything about it, but where exactly is the line?

  • John W

    NBC is really out of touch with pop culture. Did they not think that Inspector Space Time would not become a thing? Are they not aware of Doctor Who's popularity? Or Community, their own show, for that matter?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    That was terrible. Charming, but terrible.

  • googergieger

    I think it was aware of it. Still better than Day of the Doctor and the Angels Take Manhattan though.

  • BWeaves

    I think it works better as a 1 minute skit.

    And yes, I enjoyed about 4 minutes of that video.

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