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05:31:36 AM Aug 26th 2014
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With Doctor Who's Series 8 underway and Community's Season 6 in the works, the outstanding issue of the Twelfth Inspector's casting requires some kind of resolution or at least a temporary fix. We've had a ton of excellent, creative suggestions of actors for the role, both here and on the IS wiki in the past year. The one and only thing they have in common, though, is that everyone has their own idea of who would be perfect as the Inspector. Since the hive mind is no nearer to reaching a consensus than when we started, a lateral move is the best option: Leave the casting explicitly unanswered and open to tropers/wiki readers to imagine whomever the wish. (This approach also has the advantage of not having to change much if Dan Harmon gets around to more Inspector appearances on Community.)

Having a cipher as the Twelfth Inspector turns the question into its own answer and offers us new possibilities for parodying/pastiching Doctor Who, especially since Capaldi's performance is emphasising his new Doctor's unknown/unresolved character. Using the ascii code 254 (Windows - alt+254; HTML █) creates a black "redacted" box for formatting purposes, like so ██████████, and makes the unnamed casting explicit going forward.

Thanks again to everyone for all the great suggestions!
11:09:49 PM Dec 3rd 2011
While I do agree that having Mark Williams last two seasons as the Ninth Inspector is rather clever, it goes against what is set down on the episode recap page. Unless someone feels like making up a whole new season for him, that should probably be changed.
06:09:16 PM Aug 3rd 2012
Just to put this on record, we dispensed with the two-series Ninth Inspector concept and went with a one-to-one correspondence of IS:DW seasons.
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