Sonic Screwdriver Explodes (SPOILERS?)

On-location snaps of Matt Smith recording Doctor Who last week revealed a key moment in the life of the sonic screwdriver.

It’s had so many shapes over the years that it would be foolish to try and list them all here – however it’s fair to say that there have been two key designs.

In the original series, the Doctor’s faithful tool – first seen in the hands of Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor – was a silver device similar to a GP’s otoscope.

With the return of Doctor Who in 2005 however, the Time Lord had found the time to rebuild the device into a porcelain tube with a blue light and a variety of uses way beyond opening locks.

Fans are generally in agreement that the location work in Llandaff in South Wales recently is the Eleventh Doctor’s first episode – and if photos published in the Daily Mail are anything to go by, he has a bit of trouble using the multi-function sonic tool.

Given that we’ve already seen Smith and Karen Gillan snapped on earlier location shoots with Alex Kingston – who appeared in 2008’s Silence in the Library as Professor River Song – could this mean the end of the famous sonic screwdriver as used by the Ninth and Tenth Doctors and the beginning of the “future sonic screwdriver” we saw in that story…?

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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