Fans of television shows Doctor Who and slightly-more-obscure “geekiest sitcom of all time” (as proclaimed by fans and critics alike) Community may have heard of Inspector Spacetime, a parody character based on The Doctor who has had several appearances in the geek-themed sitcom.
But, for those not “in the know”, here is The Inspector’s first ever appearance…
The fans of Community absolutely adored it. It became an ongoing joke, with several more appearances. Even Karen Gillan, aka Amy Pond, Companion of Matt Smith’s Doctor, heard tell of the parody, and after hunting down the show, became a fully fledged Community fan, even posting Tweets and a YouTube video (seen below) asking that the show creators consider giving her a Special Guest Appearance.
So, Inspector Spacetime himself, Travis Richey, wrote scripts for a full series of six episodes, which he pitched to the people at NBC, but they did not want to make it, so he decided to Kickstart the series himself, essentially funded by the fans, for the fans. I was unfortunately unable to contribute funding because, alas, I only found out about the series a few days after the campaign was completed.
Since then, all six episodes have been created and are available to view online, along with Making Ofs and Behind The Scenes footage. The trailer for series one is below, to wet your appetite.
Fans cosplay with the ‘Untitled Web Series’ cast, found from the official FaceBook Page.
With a current (at time of article publication) view count total of 201,464 for the six episodes, making it an average of 33,577 views per episode, the series has met with very positive reviews from both fans and critics, resulting in convention appearances from the cast, fans cosplaying (left photograph) as The Inspector and his companion Piper, and a second Kickstarter Campaign to produce a further series.
So, watch the series to see what all the fuss is about, and, if you like what you see, put some money into making more!
Backers on the Kickstarter Campaign get some really nice “goodies”, depending on the amount they donate, including downloads of the official soundtrack and episodes, a Special Thank You in the credits, signed portraits from the cast, signed scripts, and even Producer credit if you have $5000 to spare!
I for one will be putting some money aside next pay-day for the cause, because I found the show to be really quite entertaining, and deserving of more internet airtime.
Note: All images were taken from the Untitled Web Series FaceBook Page.