NBC’s decision to put Community at the end of its fall premiere calendar is probably helpful to the cast and crew, who no doubt appreciate the extra time to adjust under new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port. But for fans just eager to return to Greendale after a long, hot summer, that just means they have to watch impatiently as all the other NBC debuts go by first.

So if you fall into the latter category, why not pass a bit of that time checking out what might be Troy and Abed’s favorite long-running Brit series if not for NBC’s legal department? After the jump, watch the first episode of Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time — an Inspector Spacetime-inspired show created by and starring Inspector Spacetime himself, Travis Richey.

Community fans may recall that Richey made his first appearance in Biology 101, when Britta turned Troy and Abed on to the Doctor Who-esque (and fictional) series Inspector Spacetime. Sometime after that gig, Richey began trying to get a real Inspector Spacetime web series off the ground. Finding little luck pitching the project through “official channels,” Richey turned to Kickstarter for funding to do it on his own.

But that, of course, got the attention of NBC’s lawyers, who then sent him a cease-and-desist letter. Rather than fight the request, he simply dropped the name Inspector Spacetime, tweaked a few cosmetic details, and brought the series back to life as Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. Et voilà: the finished product that you can watch below.

At just four and a half minutes, it’s certainly worth the time investment if you’re a fan of Community, Doctor Who, or both. Whatever the Peacock’s official stance is, we somehow suspect Troy and Abed would approve.

[via The Mary Sue]

And if you need a refresher, here’s a clip of the Community scene where Richey makes his first appearance:

The first season of Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time will be comprised of six episodes. See Facebook and Kickstarter to pitch in or see more details. Community, which again is not officially affiliated with this Richey’s series, returns October 19.

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