Last week's season premire of Community
featured a bumper crop of pop-culture parodies, including a Glee-style opening number
, a 2001 homage (with excellent use of Old Chevy Chase)
and most significantly, the Instant Meme of a 22-second take-off of Doctor Who
*. In the few days since, the intersection of Community fans and Who fans have been reverse-engineering the 49 year run of "Inspector Spacetime"
with a forum board
, a TV Tropes page
, and, of course, a tumblr
* overshadowing the addition to the show's cast and college's faculty of John Goodman and Michael K. "Omar Little" Williams.
For those of you not willing to dive into TV Tropes or Tumblr-land, some highlights:
Past castings of the title character include Stephen Fry, Liam Neeson and (in an American TV movie) Steve Carell.
Many parts of the show are parallel to the Doctor's...
DARSIT for TARDIS (a red phone box vs. a blue police box).
Blogons for Daleks (from the original video), Circuit Chaps for Cybermen and The Sergent for The Master.
Associates for Companions, including Mary Sue for Mary Jane and FE-Line for K-Nine.
"topsy-turvy spacey-tacey" for "wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey".
Some notable reversals and 'lampshades'...
The DARSIT is NOT bigger on the inside.
Instead of two hearts, the Inspector has NO heart.
Captain James (as opposed to DW/Torchwood's Captain Jack) is deeply closeted.
Inspector #5 was female.
Some are still undecided...
Good Sheep or Naughty Monkey?
Did #4 wear an Ascot or a regular tie?
And ONE intersection between the two universes, Arthur Darville in the role of Rory Williams (but he was first in IS, where he gained immortality, which explains a lot of what happened in DW)
And yes, there is an overpriced t-shirt