As a huge Inspector Spacetime fan, I'd like to say thank you for doing so much for this wiki. I didn't even know the wiki existed until quite recently, and when I learned about it I started looking for it as quickly as possible. I'm glad I did.
Thank you for all your contributions and hard work.
- Ava Maria, fan of Inspector Spacetime (and the show that featured it prominently, Community)
You're quite welcome. The IS project has always been a group effort, however, going back to its origins on Tumblr and TV Tropes. Unfortunately the Inspector Spacetime Confessions Tumblr is long gone, and TV Tropes recently purged the bulk of the IS canon. They each took different creative approaches, leaning on the strengths of the particular medium. The IS Wiki differentiates itself by modeling its entries after how a reference work's work look—concise, "informative", poker-faced, and filled with internal links whenever possible. At its best, the IS wiki should send casual browsers on a "wiki walk" before they realize it.
Hi! I have a number of things to say, so let me express them via a bullet-point list to at least make it seem as though my ramblings are more orderly than they really are.
What a marvelous thing Inspector Spacetime is.
The disappearance of the TVtropes material is a crying shame, and do you have any "battle plan" as to how to restore it? Do you have up-to-date versions of the page saved up somewhere? I fear that I do not, and the versions on the Internet Archive are rarely quite up-to-date, though they're better than nothing.
Forgive me for asking, but are you Travis Richey? The username does make one wonder. By all means feel free not to answer this question, though.
Is there any "handbook" on how to contribute to this Wiki?
Separate from this "fiction-generating" Wiki which seeks to add to the meta-canon, I took it upon myself, as a fan of the Untitled Web Series and suchlike, to create a "serious" "Inspector Wiki" to document the Inspector Spacetime stories that actually do exist in the real world. Felt like a thing that should exist; thought you ought to know.
Many thanks for contacting the IS Wikia. To address your questions quickly:
Yes, isn't it? It's the best of affectionate parody, show-within-a-show trivia, and fan fic of an imaginary programme.
Versions of some of the deleted TVTropes pages are available on my sandbox there. (I also have current Google caches.) We're currently in discussion with TVTropes about what to do about the deleted subpages.
No, the similarity in names is purely a coincidence. My 'net handle alludes to the anonymous writer B. Traven.
The Help Desk and Water Cooler forums here give practical advice on contributing to the IS Wiki. On the creative side, today the IS Wiki tries to maintain an internally coherent canon in sync with TV Tropes (though obviously that's currently been disrupted). Please feel free to ask if you have specific questions.
Good luck with your separate IS project. Incidentally, the Untitled Web Series is its own distinct creative project from the Wikia/TVTropes "canon" and doesn't really overlap. Richey collaborated with the TVTropes community via Proboards initially, but he then split off to launch the Untitled Web Series project. We give it a hat-tip as the IS counterpart to the 90s Whovian unofficial spinoffs "The Stranger" and "P.R.O.B.E.".
Thanks for the suggestion, though I'm afraid it doesn't fit the pattern for the IS canon. Casting the 12th Inspector was decided to be left as a cypher since the discussions ultimately couldn't reach a conclusion (at one point, it was going to be Peter Capaldi, for example). The other informal rule about IS casting is that American actors are to be avoided in general. Overall, the IS cast should be British, have links to television, and have performed in some kind of science fiction or at least genre fiction (Allison Brie is an exception because of Community, of course). Likewise, the Inspector's Associates should have analogs in That Ripoff. As such Lola Leopard doesn't fit the bill, and brining back Mary Sue after the death of the original actress would be rather tasteless - even for BTV. Cheers,
Jacqueline Bonham Pease (One of her secretly recorded orgasms helped created the famous theme music) - Killed in a bizarre cooking accident during Season 8's production of which Scotland Yard's forensics team said was "best left unsolved."
Fulla Pakhirdin al-Raqisa (Creator of the theme song and the first voice of Lola Leopard) - Spontaneously combusted on stage during a performance by the BTV Organophonic Quilting Bee members at a grindcore festival at Valley Parade in Bradford, leaving behind what has been described alternately as a "globule" or a "stain"
April Bananaman (Creator of the FE-Line puppets) - She was killed when she went to visit the grave of theme song creator, Fulla Pakhirdin al-Raqisa, whose grave exploded due to methane gas build up.
Alan Myers (Member of Devo who guest appeared in one 1978 serial, and of whom redid the theme song in the early 80's) - Died in 2013 from the disease that shall not be named.
Bob Casale (Member of Devo who guest appeared in one 1978 serial, and of whom redid the theme song in the early 80's) - Died in 2014 from heart failure (probably because he looked fat)
Mary Sue (BOOTH landing sound creator and namesake of Mary Sue Brown) - Was killed in the Vampire dragster crash that occurred on the set of the BBC's revival of Top Gear when she was struck by the wing from the wreckage (Funnily enough, BTV's Fifth Gear and it's predecessor was ripped off from Top Gear and it's predecessor. Kinda the opposite of how Doctor Who ripped off Inspector Spacetime).
Marty Stu-Sue (Mary Sue's brother and the show's costume creator) - Killed himself during the production of Season 8 after taking Marijuana and nothing happening.
Lyman Bonham Pease (First executive producer) - Left for spiritual enlightenment in India and never came back. He is either dead or playing classical Indian music.
That's quite a casualty list, very Spinal Tap. It's a bit much for the IS wiki, which doesn't get into the backstage drama of BTV to that extent, though. (The inclusion of Devo members, either as musical contributors or cameo actors, doesn't really fit into IS's British background.) For the wiki's style of parody, less is more, both in terms of article length and comic effect. Ideally, the jokes shouldn't call attention to themselves while a reader is skimming through what should look like a trivia article from any other Wikia entry. Cheers,
Episode known for having the first time the Inspector accidentally swallows a Blorgon, after the Inspector is blown up to giant size. Notable lines include the one toward the end, in which the Inspector says "I would make a bad Blorgon".
It is unknown if the Blorgon from this episode, dubbed "Dusty", who was eventually coughed up, will ever make further appearances. Or what the effect will be of "Dusty" on Blorgon society as he tries to spread his new, un-Blorgon like message of success, efficiency, confidence, and conquest.
Ha - a giant Inspector makes an amusing mental image, like The Amazing Colossal Man. As for a "Behind the Blorgon" episode, the Wiki has been shying away from summarizing individual stories lately, since these tend to run over-long as gags and leave less for readers to imagine on their own. Instead, in keeping with the site's overall parody of a reference work, we've concentrated on creating entries for characters, places, items, etc. that cover several appearances or can be linked to/from other entries as a way of sending readers on a "wiki walk". Incidentally, nicknaming the Blorgon "Dusty" is very good, since that lampshades the Blorgons' "dust bin" appearance. Cheers,
I thought "Gold and Lead": corresponded to the BBC Tripods series ! (See the "City of Gold and Lead" book title from actual Tripods books). Didnt know it was Sapphire and Steel :) You can see how this is an honest,not careless mistake.
I hope someone will sometime document the popular "Bipeds" BTV series, then, based on Christopher John's book series about human occupation of an alien world.
Sure, you can go ahead and alter my post into a crossover. Now, my idea for the Unknown Inspector's metamorphosis was written to try and knot together that big plot twist idea where he reverted back to the First Inspector.
Thanks for indicating Thanksgiving is an American holiday. Go ahead and change that.
Do you know about Dimensions in Time- that 30th anniversary special that crossed over with EastEnders? It had the Doctor skipping back and forth between past and present incarnations, and like I said, it crossed over with another program. So we could rework some of the aspects of this plot into mirroring that Children in Need special of 1993 and keep the whole business of trials and the final metamorphosis intact.
There's an IS parody of that awful special Concepts of Space from 1992—IS is always one year ahead of DW, and the running gag is that DW is imitating what IS has already done. That means we have to keep IS Series 8 vague, however, especially since Community hasn't mentioned IS this season either. The current American version of IS has more potential since it parodies the proposed American DW programme (which turned into the TV movie). A crossover special with UK IS for the 50th anniversary would be just the sort of ratings-boosting stunt a network would attempt. As for this wiki's parody of a reference work, like the TVTropes's version of that site, it works best with broad strokes and a few memorable details. Leaving some of IS up to the readers' imaginations, along with blanks to fill in, has kept this project fresh.
I see. Consider this a prototype that anyone can refine into something better. There are many things that can be done to add on to the idea for a crossover. It's still very blunted down and leaves out several things which could be expanded, removed, or reworked. Though I did go to the trouble of making a metamorphosis image from Unknown to Ninth, and I would not like to see it go to waste. Keep it as a gift.
Thanks—the IS fan project is a continual work-in-progress, with all the writing, re-writing, redacting, and rearranging that Internet collaboration offers. Early on, it was decided that IS seasons and episodes would align with DW's and that we wouldn't add extra ones to the programme. Another was the maxim That which was established first tends to stand; anything that does not contradict also tends to stand. (That's not to say we don't revise, only that it's not done arbitrarily.) The fun comes from bouncing ideas off one another and picking up on earlier contributions. It's possible that the Series 8 DW will go into more detail about the Doctor's new regeneration cycle—in which case, we will have more material for our intentionally more convoluted metamorphosis—but it could just as easily ignore it and move on to more adventures. Since we've only just got a look at the 12th Doctor's new costume and a few set photos with the Paternoster Gang, we'll have to wait and see. Cheers,
The articles for the Unknown Inspector and the American Inspector for a US series Thanksgiving Special have been updated as we discussed. Your idea of a series of tasks related to previous Inspectors not only fits in very nicely with the 50th anniversary specials but also redeems the American Inspector. Please feel to polish these a bit if inspiration stirkes—we've found that what works best for the IS canon is to use broad strokes overall, adding a few vivid details while leaving as much as possible to the readers' imaginations. Many thanks,
Thanks for the ASH image—he's is definitely in the running for the Twelfth Inspector casting. Capaldi's actually winning the role of the Twelfth Doctor, however, threw things off here since he was an early choice (and Ben Daniels never took off), so we're waiting to see if anything happens on Community or at Travis Richey's upcoming Gallifrey One panel. If nothing suitable comes from either of those, we'll have to wait for more information about DW Series 8 before we can move ahead here.
As for the Inspectors' assorted last words, although they're the work of many different contributors, they all play off the final lines of the Doctors' in some way and include a trope from TV Tropes' vast store of them. In the case of the Unkown Inspector, the War Doctor's "This old body of mine is wearing a bit thin." was turned into an example of Stock British Phrases.
I love the edit you did for my entry. I always wanted to put nicholas briggs in something IS but never really had the drive til recently and so I used what I knew of bedlam of the blorgons(Oddly enough I originally made up the name on the fly before it series seven was announced when I put it IS confessions) I then recently looked up all there was on bedlam of the blorgons and meshed the two concepts hoping people would like it. I tried to make it different but the same and with your edit just made it ten times better, thank you.
And thank you for the title "Bedlam of the Blorgons", which was much better than the working title take-off we originally had. Much of the fun with IS comes from riffing off each other's ideas. Even though a lot of "canon" has been built up over the past two years, keeping things internally consistent here and on TVTropes is just another creative challenge. Cheers,
Dude! What the hell! I understand you taking out some of my pictures, but why change a perfectly good entry? There was no reason to change the Mirror cracked to an audio adventure. Why on earth could it not have been an actual episode? With modern CGI you could have had the dead inspectors.
And my contribution to metamorphasis made the Inspector that much more different from Doctor Who. What possible reason was there to change that? It didn't go against anything said before and allowed for more stories.
Enrique: I am personally fond of my "Manhattan Reads Between the Lions" episode title, but it is not just canon and I accept that now..... and that it is hard to make up episodes that are not part of the limited and specific list of IS canon. That is my guess on the first.
As for the metamorphosis? No idea on that. I am personally curious what your idea was.
"The Mirror Cracked" had some nice elements—especially the well-rendered poster art—that would have been a shame to delete entirely because of its other problems fitting into the already established IS framework. For example, BBC doesn't produce IS so their logo didn't belong on the psoter; the 10th Inspector's final season had been established as comprising "The Previous Inspector", "World of the Living", "The Deserts of Venus", and "The Last Minutes"; the chronology was incorrect since Dan Harmon placed IS as always happening one year before DW; and retconning metamorphosis doesn't fit with the 11th Inspector or going forward. (As for CGI, please bear in mind that IS's isn't any better than DW's, and this ambitious concept would require Hollywood blockbuster-level special effects to be anything other than embarrassing, like the dodgy insertions in "The Name of the Doctor".)
Fortunately, since IS has a similarly broad definition of its expanded universe as DW, "Mirror" could be transplanted without causing any difficulty with already confirmed canon. Similarly, maybe "Manhattan Reads Between the Lions" could be a title of one of the IS novels since we need some takeoffs of the Virgin New Adventures DW series of books.
The larger problem with retconning/expanding the placeholder concept of metamorphosis, however, is that it was never intended to be anything more than a cypher. This is partly because Community could "overwrite" it at any time and partly because it's better to keep some key elements of IS deliberately vague. The advantages of constructing IS's canon with a few broad strokes and some vivid details are that newcomers can read between the lines to imagine what's going on and IS collaborators have room to contribute. In general, going into too much detail risks overloading IS as a parody and making it obvious. Part of the meta-joke is that, as Google's auto-fill suggests, some people still aren't sure if Inspector Spacetime isn't a real TV programme after all.
In any case, if you would rather that "The Mirror Cracked" were completely removed, since it's originally your idea, please feel free to let me know. Cheers,
Although most of the stills from the movie are pretty cheesy and would look anachronistic, there are a few photos of props and models of "It" to substitute for contemporary versions of the Rostraans. I've re-uploaded one for Stalx. Cheers,