Back in September, readers Teenygozer and Lisa (and soon after Ide Cyan) alerted me to the Doctor Who stand-in/parody on the NBC sitcom Community. I never got around to posting anything about it, so here it is:
Now, via io9, we learn that the announcement came at the Doctor Who convention Gallifrey One: Inspector Spacetime is getting its own Web series (though no one from Community will be involved in its production).
io9’s Charlie Jane Anders reports from Gallifrey One (edited to include io9’s later corrections):
[T]here was a dramatic reading of the first webisode, in which the Inspector and Constable Reginald visit the planet Second New Old Earth 7, where they meet the Blorgons, vanquish them with the Inspector’s Optic Pocketknife, and then run into a deserted warehouse where they get trapped. Apparently, later in the episode we’ll get to meet the Inspector’s arch-nemesis, Boyish the Extraordinary. The panel also included a slideshow explaining the long line of actors who played the Inspector: Christopher Lee in the 1960s, Stephen Fry in the 1980s, and Steve Carell in the 1990s TV movie.
Creator and star Travis Richey has created a Kickstarter campaign for the project, and is looking to raise $20,000 by April 1. It will be a nonprofit project, with costs going only to pay for equipment. See more and pledge at Kickstarter.
See also: the fun geeks are having inventing a history of the show at TV Tropes.
Amusing as that Community clip is, I don’t see that there’s much room for growth. Happy to be wrong about that, but it seems that the humor of it could quickly get worn out by overdoing it. Draw it out too much, and it just becomes a bad episode of Doctor Who.