inspector spacetime


If you’re a fan of Doctor Who or Community, you would know about Inspector Spacetime. For those of you who don’t know Inspector Spacetime is a parody of Doctor Who that was featured in the show Community (and has spurned its own fandom since it was introduced). 

The episode that this was taken from is the third episode of the fourth season (Conventions of Space and Time) where the study group go to InSpecTiCon. During the episode Pierce and Shirley join a focus group for the American remake of Inspector Spacetime. And then this gem is said. 

During my rewatch I noticed how much this one sentence explains why I, and many others, watch Doctor Who. It’s not only about the time and space travel, it’s about the clever plot twists, the pseudo science that doesn’t sound like pseudo science and the fact that it isn’t straight forward. But the part that I want focus on the most is the last gif

and doesn’t talk down to its audience

That is the best way to describe it, Doctor Who doesn’t treat its audience like they’re unintelligent or dimwitted and it never over explains concepts. But what I found the most interesting is that the Moffat era is the one that fits this description almost perfectly (I haven’t finished watching Classic Who so I’m not going to include it my statement). The Moffat era is full of smart twisted that may seem complicated, but it’s only because we’ve grown accustomed to the somewhat simplistic and not so timey-wimey RTD era. I’m not saying that the RTD era was not clever, but it didn’t make me think all that much. But on the other hand, the Moffat era was far more complex and yet I didn’t need an explanation, I didn’t feel like I was too stupid not to comprehend what was going on.

Because everything was explained, but not blatantly. It was subtle hints and chances to make up your own conclusions about things. Some say lazy writing, I say not exactly. Why? Because it makes the fans think, to theorise about events and most of all, it makes you seem like you’re clever because you’re the one who came up with it (when you’re actually not because all the clues were there). With RTD’s era I felt like everything had to be explained for the purpose of the audience. And often times, it was the Doctor explaining to the companion who acts as a stand in for the audience. Yes, there were times when they would figure things out before the Doctor, but I mean there was just a tendency to over explain things sometimes. 

Back on topic, I believe that the Moffat era really grasps this concept perfectly, I feel like the show isn’t going downhill, but rather going back to some roots. And that is a really fantastic thing to see. Basically tl;dr I feel like Moffat gets a lot of hate for something that he’s actually doing a pretty good job at because when I sit down to watch Doctor Who I don’t feel like I’m getting a watered down basic version of a story, I’m getting the full experience with all the twists and paradoxes. Has anyone else noticed that Moffat is a fan of paradoxes?

(Also at the end of the episode the American remake is Pierce’s ideal for the show which is extremely sexist and simplistic and I honestly think that’s how Moffat haters see Moffat’s era of DW. )


SYABM comic 13: “The Fannish Inquisition”

Once upon a time, I read an article on Kotaku about sexism in gaming. This was a few years back, before the rot really started to set in. Specifically, it linked to an rant written by some guy about Fake Geek Girls. I thought nothing of it.

Fast forward a few years, and SJWs are treating women as a persecuted minority within geekdom, constantly interrogated to see if their geek knowledge is up to snuff. Strangely, I hear much more about this alleged problem than I see any actual examples.

And something occurs to me; what if they’re wrong? What if they’re mistaking actual, y'know, conversation for persecution? If I want to discuss something with someone, I like to establish what they know about it before I proceed. This wouldn’t be the first time a well-meaning feminist mistook something innocent for something nefarious.

And what if they’re right? What if there are gatekeepers who see themselves as saving gaming from the XX-chromosomed hordes? Where’s the evidence that they represent a significant group, instead of a few dicks? I mean, geeks do things that other geeks disavow all the time; look at slashficcers, or furries, or furry slashficcers. This sort of gatekeeping isn’t even unique to geekery. I’m told punk rock and metal fans do this sort of thing all the time. And for that matter, many feminists themselves often say that You Must be This Knowledgable about Male Privilege to enter, especially to men.

There are many fandoms, such as Adventure Time or Supernatural, where female geeks are the majority, not the minority.

Bottom line; I just don’t see much evidence to support this claim, barring anecdata. Heck, even the anecdata, like the person in the screenshot, usually just assumes this only happens to women.


Words by:  Eric M. Esquivel
Pencils and Ink by:  Jeff Pina
Letters and color by: Hannah Nance Partlow

Rob Schrab and Dan Harmon are the peanut butter and jelly of pop culture: delicious on their own, and even more scrumptious when they join forces.  They’re a perfect example of what’s possible when creative individuals choose to transcend their natural feelings of competition and instead elect to support one another.

It’s in that spirit that Jeff Piña, Hannah Nance Partlow, and I put together this fan comic, celebrating both the 20th anniversary of Scud: The Disposable Assassin, and the conclusion of Community*

…Also, there’s a little bit of Ricky and Morty and Heat Vision and Jack thrown in there too.  Because, obviously.

Enjoy, Internet.

*Note:  This comic takes place during Season Three.  Nerds.