In last year’s season of Doctor Who, viewers saw the end of the Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver, replaced as it was for a few episodes by Sonic Sunglasses (presumably borrowed from some kind of Sonic Blues Brother). But the season finale saw the return of the Doctor’s most faithful companion in a revitalized (dare we say regenerated) form. The Doctor even got to put it to use, albeit briefly, during the 2015 Christmas special “The Husbands of River Song”.
Now, just five short months later, you can finally own the Doctor’s new Sonic Screwdriver for yourself.
The replica has four light settings, apparently something of a first for a Sonic Screwdriver toy (the previous record is River Song’s, which had two). It also has four different sound effect modes, which is on par with the Eleventh Doctor’s Screwdriver model.
It’s available from the BBC Shop or the Official Doctor Who Shop for $29.98, and if you buy yours sooner rather than later you’ll also get a set of Twelfth Doctor collectible trading cards. Not a bad way to make up for the lack of a full season this year, eh?
There have been a number of Sonic Screwdriver designs since the show’s return in 2005 – the slender “pen” model used by the Ninth and Tenth Doctor, the green-and-gold redesign used by the Eleventh Doctor during his tenure and by the Twelfth during his first season, River Song’s “future” Screwdriver, and the stubby retro-looking model used by the War Doctor in “The Day of the Doctor”. The new design has been described as a “departure” from the established norm, but then the “established norm” is the Sonic Screwdriver used by the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Doctors, which was more or less the same save for some minor recolors, so maybe people aren’t paying proper attention.
Sorry, rambling. Terrible habit.
Here are some more product photos, because we’re nice like that.
No word yet on when we’re getting a Sonic Trowel toy. Maybe that’ll come out next month.