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Doctor Who-ish Inspector Spacetime Becoming A Movie With An Actual Doctor

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inspector spacetimeFans of the NBC sitcom Community are familiar with the show’s catchprase/goal of “Six Seasons and a Movie.” The series is currently in its fifth season — which is worlds better than last year due to the return of its creator Dan Harmon — but it doesn’t seem like an actual Community film will ever get made. But if they changed that to “Six Seasons and a Spinoff,” it might make more sense, as the popular Doctor Who-spoofing Inspector Spacetime (Travis Richey) is getting his own movie! And it will feature appearances from the Seventh Doctor himself, Sylvester McCoy, as well as Star Trek alums Robert Picardo and Chase Masterson, and The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik. I don’t see how this movie can get made without Danny Pudi getting involved, so make this happen, Internet!

While the producers (including former Marvel development director Golan Ramras) ran an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign last year to try and raise funding for a second season of their Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time, they’re headed back to crowdfunding with IndieGogo to get the pre-production off the ground for what is now being called Untitled Motion Picture About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. Those interested can donate money here. The switch to a feature was made once the awesome guest stars all signed on, and the producers figured that they could probably attract bigger investors with a film rather than a web series. Smart guys.

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Help Kickstart Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time Season Two

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Community fans rejoice, and rejoice some more! Technically you don’t have to follow Community to be excited about this, but it seems like a natural place to begin. I mean, obviously Whovians will get a kick out of it, but…Wait, what was I talking about?

Oh yes, the not-at-all-Doctor Who-or-Community-related show Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time – starring Travis Richey as a character who may or may not resemble Abed and Troy’s favorite TV character, Inspector Spacetime – will be returning for a second season, assuming its Kickstarter campaign is successful. The first season (consisting of 6 3-4 minute episodes) raised its budget of $25,000 through the crowd sourcing platform, and now the team is looking for $125,000 for the follow-up. There’s so much more space and so much more time to explore.

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What Would Happen If Doctor Who And Inspector Spacetime Collided?

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NBC’s embattled sitcom Community may be the nerdiest show on television that doesn’t actively feature a robot or space aliens. In three seasons the intrepid students of Greendale Community College have faced down a zombie apocalypse, piloted a space shuttle (sort of), lived through a Claymation holiday episode, and become characters in an 8-bit videogame. Hell, there’s a Beastmaster gag in the first Halloween episode (that’s the moment where I climbed fully on board the Community train).

For those of you not familiar with Community, one of the main characters, Abed (Danny Pudi), has become obsessed with a long-running British science fiction show called Inspector Spacetime. Some of you may notice similarities between Inspector Spacetime and another series, also British, also about an individual who travels through space and time with loyal companions, that has also been on the air for multiple decades. We are, of course, talking about Doctor Who. The two are distinct entities, in a legal sense, and any similarities are purely coincidental. Still, one can’t help but wonder what would happen if those two completely different things came together. I wonder what that would look like? (Click the image below for a larger version.)

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First Episode Of The Community-Inspired Not-Inspector-Spacetime Web Series Has Arrived

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The next season of NBC’s brilliant, Hugo-nominated Community is in many ways a big question mark. While the primary cast will be returning for a fourth season, creator/showrunner Dan Harmon was unceremoniously booted from the job and replaced earlier this year, leaving the show in the hands of Moses Port and David Guarascio, a pair who have previously worked on shows such as Happy Endings and Just Shoot Me. So while it remains to be seen if nu-Community will have the same magic as the Harmon years, the fans’ passion for the show hasn’t dimmed. They’re still out there making crazy Community homages like this, the first episode of a web series that is in no way related to Community‘s “Inspector Spacetime.”

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Fan-Made Inspector Spacetime Poster Makes Us (And Dan Harmon) Wish It Was Real

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“Six seasons and a movie.” It’s become the rallying cry for fans of NBC’s Community, a brilliant and hilarious show that has never snagged the ratings that it truly deserves (such are the perils of aspiring for programming more intelligent than, say, Two and a Half Men). That idea is most likely wishful thinking, but assuming it’s not the stuff of pipes, what would a Community movie look like? I don’t have any idea. Do you? One artistic Community fan thinks it should look a little something like this.

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Community Will Visit An Inspector Spacetime Convention Next Season

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There was more than a little head-scratching when NBC’s brilliant but under-watched sitcom Community was nominated for a Hugo earlier this year. Others can argue whether the episode in question, “Remedial Chaos Theory” – which played around with the concept of divergent timelines – should count as science fiction or not. What is beyond debate, however, is that Community‘s writers have shown plenty of love for both science fiction and its fandom. The show has even created its own meta mythology that includes horrible sci-fi movies (Kickpuncher) and a Bizarro version of Doctor Who called Inspector Spacetime: a bowler-hatted adventurer who travels through time and space inside a phone box. And according to one of the show’s producers at Comic-Con last week, Community will be taking us even further down the Inspector Spacetime rabbit hole next season with an episode set inside an Inspector Spacetime convention.

That tidbit was dropped by Community producer David Guarascio, according to io9. Further exploration of Inspector Spacetime is pretty much inevitable; while Community has devoted a comparably small amount of time to the Inspector, fans of the show have taken that ball and run it deep. A cursory Google search unearths mountains of fan-created backstory, including a list of the various actors who have – in true Doctor Who fashion – played the Inspector over the years. (For the record, the list includes Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, and Steve Carell.)