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NBC tries to kill Inspector Spacetime, but he regenerates instead

Illustration for article titled NBC tries to kill emInspector Spacetime/em, but he regenerates instead

Community's time-traveling Doctor Who parody has met his greatest foe, and it's not Boyish the Extraordinary. Sony and NBC have served the upcoming web series with a cease and desist. But they're finding the Inspector isn't that easy to kill.


Travis Richey is reporting on the series' Kickstarter page that he was served with a notice to stop production on Inspector Spacetime:

Lawyers from Sony and NBC have contacted me demanding that I cease production on an Inspector Spacetime web series.

Though I firmly believe the law would be on my side in producing this parody, I have no wish or ability to fight a show that I love as much as "Community." I had hoped that they would embrace what is essentially a fan film and appreciate the value it adds to the character, and the audience that we would bring who are finding "Community" for the first time through this character, but alas, that's not the case. So, I will be removing all references to Inspector Spacetime from this series (it only happened in the title anyway), and altering the appearance of the Inspector so that he does not look like Inspector Spacetime. What remains is 100% the creation of myself, my writing partner, and you, the fans.


It's hard to judge whether Richey's project would count as parodying Community's Inspector Spacetime. (How exactly do you parody a parody?) But since Community doesn't hold a right to any and all Doctor Who parodies, Richey is continuing the series as Untitled Webseries About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time, which honestly is the name I think he should go with. But will we also have to say goodbye to that dashing chapeau?

Untitled Webseries About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time [Kickstarter via Topless Robot]

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If they were parodying what was shown on Community - they'd have protection under the parody law. Instead, they're trying to piggyback on that show's audience, using a concept introduced on that show. They're pretty much SOL.

All they have to do is change the name, and be a different Doctor Who parody. The reasons they don't want to do that are the very reasons they'll get in trouble if they don't.