History YMMV / InspectorSpacetime

16th Aug '17 5:35:23 PM Doug86
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** Despite what the books' fans say, Nymeria of Kraken V was created long before [[ASongOfIceAndFire George R R Martin]] even imagined the name Westeros, much less its history and legends.

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** Despite what the books' fans say, Nymeria of Kraken V was created long before [[ASongOfIceAndFire [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire George R R Martin]] even imagined the name Westeros, much less its history and legends.
24th Jun '17 6:03:57 AM Piterpicher
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Sometimes it seems like every single famous British actor in the world started out playing a villain or RedShirt on ''Inspector Spacetime''. Perhaps the earliest example was Creator/MichaelCaine, who hit it big in ''{{Zulu}}'' just months after appearing as the terrifying Cockney Radarman leader in "The Radarmen".

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Sometimes it seems like every single famous British actor in the world started out playing a villain or RedShirt on ''Inspector Spacetime''. Perhaps the earliest example was Creator/MichaelCaine, who hit it big in ''{{Zulu}}'' ''Film/{{Zulu}}'' just months after appearing as the terrifying Cockney Radarman leader in "The Radarmen".
31st Mar '17 9:21:13 PM Bassman
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** The FE-Line prop cost £120,000 to make, but the cast, crew and writers soon grew to hate it because it was poorly-made and constantly broke. It also moved very slowly and unsteadily, especially annoying as it was the companion of a Inspector who was forced to pace down his naturally fast and comical movements to speeds matching that of FE-Line, usually with an adlibbed "move yer bloody butt, FE-Line" every time it just stopped for no reason. Many of the scripts are peppered with sarcastic stage directions for FE-Line, such as (from "The De-Faced Doppelgängers") "FE-LINE TROTS OFF AT WHAT PASSES FOR TOP SPEED IN THE MIND OF THE BUGGER WHO BUILT THE DAMN PROP", and (in one of the few recorded cases of on-set rivalries between a human and a prop robot) Christopher Lee developed a habit of subjecting FE-Line to ad-libbed verbal abuse in rehearsals, footage of which occasionally surfaces in Hilarious Outtakes shows. ("The Ripoff's dog version of this bitch is better than her"). On top of that, it was the FE-Line prop which was destroyed when it was dropped from a train as it was entering Kings Cross station, leaving smashed bits and pieces of a female feline robot behind.
** "The Theft of Space" has a terrifying alien invasion represented by terribly CSO-ed sock puppets covered in tinfoil. The DVD gives you the option of watching it with extras in hyper-realistic alien costumes instead.
** "The Underground of Doom"
31st Mar '17 9:05:09 PM Bassman
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* AWildRapperAppears: In the mid-1980's, the version of the theme song made by [[Music/{{Devo}} Devo]] was redone to include a rap, provided by Marko Kalfa (aka Latin freestyle singer Nolan Thomas).


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** The Fifth Inspector's communicator was an actual toy Inspector Spacetime communicator that was available in shops at the time.


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** The original super gluegun used by the Second Inspector was a spud gun spraypainted silver.
24th Mar '17 1:06:16 PM Bassman
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* OffTheShelfFX: Due to the show's limited budget, this was commonplace:
** There's the one episode where the monster was just a dollar store FM radio with a mask similar to the one used for [[Music/{{Devo}} Booji Boy]] glued on, held on a string.

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* OffTheShelfFX: Due to the show's limited budget, this was commonplace:
commonplace. Since the BTV production complex in Shouthampton was across the street from the local Plummer Roddis store, the prop-makers simply walked accross the street to the Plummer Roddis store or went to local dollar/nickel stores to get props sometimes. Here's some examples:
** There's the one episode serial where the monster was just a dollar store FM radio with a mask similar to the one used for [[Music/{{Devo}} Booji Boy]] glued on, held on a string.


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** The Blorgons's laser effects in the early episodes were achieved by having the tricycle rider inside the costume hit a trigger that set off dolled-up torch/flashlights, and then painting onto the film with teal glitter acrylic paint.
24th Mar '17 12:57:11 PM Bassman
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** The serial "The Revolution" climaxed in street battles between the Circuit-Chaps and the Paris police—which would soon look all too similar to the May 1968 protest's.

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** The serial "The Revolution" climaxed in street battles between the Circuit-Chaps and the Paris police—which would soon look all too similar to the May 1968 protest's.protests.
** The final part of "The Kittens" climaxed in rioting and looting by the Kittens, ending with a huge standoff between the Kittens and the Inspector and his associates, assisted by the Bradford police - all of which look all too similar to the L.A. riots, the Ferguson unrest, the 2015 Baltimore protests, and other major riots in the 1990's, 2000's, and 2010's. To make it more eerie, a UK-based relative of Antoine Miller, one of the people involved in the attack on Reginald Denny during the L.A. riots, was an extra on this serial!
22nd Mar '17 12:45:21 PM Bassman
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** In the classic series' final episode "Failure", one of the kittens' flying saucers is represented by a Pillsbury Crescent Roll, then in the background of one scene you can see an unmasked kitten actor eating what was obviously meant to be his lunch.
22nd Mar '17 12:20:48 PM Bassman
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** There's the one episode where the monster was just a dollar store FM radio with a mask similar to the one used for [[Music/{{Devo}} Booji Boy]] glued on, held on a string.
** Some aerial shots in the late classic series episodes have the characters represented by [[WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} Jem and the Holograms]] and [[Franchise/{{GIJoe}} G.I. Joe]] figures without licks of paint or anything.
22nd Mar '17 12:14:13 PM Bassman
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* OffTheShelfFX: Due to the show's limited budget, this was commonplace:
** In the classic series' final episode "Failure", the communicator the Inspector uses to communicate with some of the Kittens from "The Kittens" is clearly just a Sega Master System video game console, without even a lick of paint or anything.
** In the 2016 episode "Pancake Breakfast Restaurant of the Circuit-Chaps", the shrunken BOOTH is just a Character Options Flight Control TARDIS toy from [[Series/DoctorWho The Ripoff]] painted red.



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22nd Mar '17 5:41:15 AM btravern
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** In the 1978 Classic Series episode where [[Music/{{Devo}} Devo]] (of whom redid the theme music to match The Ripoff in the 80's and of whom's Mark Mothersbaugh wrote said theme music) guest-starred, the extras playing the aliens on the planet in which the concert is being held on look like they are all bored.
** "The Space Viking" has loads of this trope with the Rostraans. Monster, talking plants are not supposed to have mouths that are moved by human hands! Sometimes you can even see the costume operators' Adidas sneakers through the Rostraans' claw feet, and like with "The Ocean's Teeth", these two things would be making viewers certain that there would be a big [[DramaticUnmask Scooby Doo Reveal]] and cursing of meddling kids by the end.
*** Best part, Bernard Fox (the Third Inspector's actor) and Wilford Brimley (Ümlaütsøn the Terrible's original actor) both had to do 50 takes each, and the first few times they kept cracking up.
** In one episode where a Slythin is briefly seen in it's true form, it is clearly just an extra wrapped in green bubble wrap and wearing a Halloween Orc mask.



** In some episodes where Lola Leopard appears, at times her mouth and lips either stay shut or move completely out of sync with her dialogue. ''Her costume was the most advanced ever used on the show.''
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