Hey Community fans! You know how we love our little in jokes like Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed’s (Danny Pudi) favorite films like Kickpuncher (which stars Derek Mears) and our favorite characters in the 8-bit video game Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne in “Digital Estate Planning. Well, if you can’t get enough of the tantalizing bit of kitsch on the show like the Doctor Who parody Inspector Spacetime, I’ve got a treat for you.
Well, Inspector Spacetime himself, actor Travis Richey decided to give us a web series based on the show. He contacted the show’s producers, NBC and Sony, but didn’t get a response. This man, who was a Doctor Who and Community fan before he got the role, was undeterred. He started a Kickstarter page and raised $25,026 to create the series. Well, he couldn’t call it Inspector Spacetime, but the Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time might be a better title anyway.
There are a zillion nods to Doctor Who in there, like a sign that says “no spoilers” (referring to River Song’s favorite line to the Doctor, making sure their opposite timelines don’t give away any details he shouldn’t know) and the Circuit Chaps, which are exactly like the Cybermen. Episode One has the Inspector’s companion Piper (Carrie Keranen) learning that they’ve landed on Second New Old Earth and that it’s the year three thousand million. If you’re a fan of Community, it’s humor like this that makes you keep coming back. With the future of the show so uncertain after the drama of last season, it’s nice to get something more we can watch when our favorite students are off the air. May that time be in the year three thousand million. Check out episodes one and two here.
One final note: Kickstarter rocks. Honestly. We mere mortals sometimes complain about the content that is being shoved down our throats while lamenting the disappearance of our favorite shows. Sites like Kickstarter are allowing people like you and me (and Jane Espenson who used Kickstarter to produce season two of her amazing web series Husbands) to have a voice and help produce what we want to see, and gives fans another platform to financially support and rally around the things we love. Hey networks, stand up and take notice of what some of your fans are donating to!