Merchandise New Doctor Who sonic screwdriver app for iPhone

Published on November 17th, 2013 | by Nick Kitchen

Doctor Who Official Sonic Screwdriver App Now Available

First and foremost, as it is a question every Whovian must be asking themselves at this moment: no, it still doesn’t work on wood.

Now, with that out of the way, the BBC and Useless Creations have released an official Doctor Who: Sonic Screwdriver app, just in time to sonic along with the Doctor on the Day of the Doctor! Helen Pendleberry, BBC Head of Brand Licensing and Live Entertainment had this to say:

We’re really pleased to bring fans this fun,  interactive Sonic Screwdriver app as they get ready for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary.

The app features four highly detailed models of the Doctor’s sonic: Eleventh and Ninth/Tenth’s, as well as the Third and Fourth Doctor’s. The Eleventh’s sonic also extends when you shake your iPhone! The app also employs a bit of augmented reality as well, using your device’s camera to allow you to sonic things around you (or if you prefer a bit of pretending your out in Time and Space with the Doctor, there is a Deep Space background option). Pressing down on the sonic screwdriver causes it to activate and also doubles as a flashlight. Moving the phone around alters the authentic sounds from the show, and moving your finger up and down the sonic will also yield a change in your sonic’s frequency.


I gave the app a spin and although it didn’t cause my work phone to reroute when my boss called or blow up, it was a rather enjoyable time. While iOS 7 already provides you with a quick access flashlight, I can promise that using the sonic screwdriver is infinitely more fun.

Besides, the stock flashlight doesn’t extend when you shake your phone; so you can place a tick on the board for the sonic screwdriver app when it comes to that. Honestly, the only real complaint to be had with the app is that it is an Apple exclusive (although available in the Global App Stores), so if Windows Phone or Android is your cup of tea, you’re going to be sitting this one out.

While it’s not nearly as annoying as making the newly recovered Troughton episodes an iTunes exclusive until the DVDs release, it may not sit too well with the non-Apple users in our fandom.

The app is available from the App Store and will set you back $1.99. Anyone fancy having a sonic on their iPhone?


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“That’s bacon! Are you trying to poison me?” And from that line on, I’ve been unable to stop watching, reading, musing about the Doctor. As a recent transplant to the Whoniverse, I’ve been trying to soak up as much Who-related knowledge as possible. That journey has taken me from the Tenth Planet to the Fields of Trenzalore and gently set me at the edge of my seat for what’s next. It’s an honor to be here and I plan to bring a unique perspective. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey alongside me.

7 Responses to Doctor Who Official Sonic Screwdriver App Now Available

  1. avatar John Lindsay says:

    I’m getting fed up now with the shiny Who apps being iOS exclusive. :-(

  2. avatar Samantha says:

    I don’t have an Iphone or an Ipad. I wish this was available for the Kindle Fire. :(

  3. avatar Charles Bkakeney says:

    Still no android or kindle fire app.

  4. avatar DJ Reyes says:

    What about other platforms? Why always iOS. So, sad

  5. avatar Ben says:

    I use this Android app, while it’s not an augmented app, it’s decent.

  6. avatar Mike R says:

    I don’t understand with Apples steady sales decline, why anything is Apple exclusive is just stupid, you alienate your market to only people who have 4 to $500 to spend on a phone.

    • avatar Nick Kitchen says:

      Hey Mike! iPhone sales are actually at a record high (even though apple’s profits are down) and to be honest, if your using a carrier subsidy, you can get in on a free 4S or a $99 5C here in the states (which is usually around 100 buck cheaper than the flagship Android phones, baring a carrier sale). As annoying as it is, Amazon and Google’s app stores are still playing catch up in terms of quality apps and developer dividends. From a financial standpoint, the BBC stands to make a more significant profit from iOS. Granted, the more stores you’re in the more cash you’ll make, but there is still a level of Android fragmentation that makes developing for Android a slight bit harder. Not insurmountable, but a challenge nonetheless. So, yeah–no android or windows phone sucks, but I can at least understand the rationale behind the decision.

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