Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The (Not) INSPECTOR SPACETIME Web Series Debuts

Inspector Spacetime has returned!  Well...kind of...



Once upon a time, about one year ago this month, the NBC sitcom Community gave the world's longest-running science-fiction series, Doctor Who, some serious love with a show-within-a-show parody called "Inspector Spacetime."  The Inspector and his faithful constable Reggie Wigglesworth were a big hit with Whovians and the characters returned (in one form or another) four more times over the course of Community's third season.

The first Inspector -- the original, you might say -- was played by actor Travis Richey, who has organized a web series production of new Inspector Spacetime adventures.  One problem, though...NBC Universal owns the rights to Inspector Spacetime, so after demanding that Richey cease production (Boo! Hiss! Eradicate!), another vaguely-familiar yet entirely different for legal reasons web series was developed, called Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time.

Richey uploaded the first episode of Untitled Web Series to the series' official website and YouTube yesterday, titled "Boyish the Extraordinary, Part 1" and written by Richey and Eric Loya.  Arriving in the year 3,000 million on the planet Second New Old Earth Seven, we're (re)introduced to "The Inspector" (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more) and his companion constable whatever Piper Tate, played by Carrie Keranen.  "Piper Tate," as Whovians should guess, is a cute nod to previous Doctor Who actresses Billie Piper and Catherine Tate, who played Ninth and Tenth Doctor companions Rose Tyler and Donna Noble.

We soon encounter a new sworn enemy of the Inspector, the Circuit Chaps, who are fond of chanting "Integrate! Integrate!" and seem just a little teeny bit like classic Doctor Who baddies The Cybermen.  Oh, and the Inspector has a nifty Optic Pocketknife as well.  Don't diss the Optic.

You can view the first episode below, and don't forget to tune in next week, same Space Channel, same...Space Time!

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