DOCTOR WHO Reveals New Sonic Screwdriver Set To Be Used By David Tennant's Fourteenth Doctor

DOCTOR WHO Reveals New Sonic Screwdriver Set To Be Used By David Tennant's Fourteenth Doctor DOCTOR WHO Reveals New Sonic Screwdriver Set To Be Used By David Tennant's Fourteenth Doctor

A first look at the Fourteenth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver has been revealed, and it's fair to say David Tennant's returning time-traveller will head into battle with one of the most unique designs yet.

By JoshWilding - Jul 21, 2023 04:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Who

David Tennant makes his long-awaited return to Doctor Who later this year, but it's only going to be a brief stint before his Fourteenth Doctor regenerates into Ncuti Gatwa. 

However, every Doctor needs their own Sonic Screwdriver and Tennant's has been revealed during San Diego Comic-Con (via As you can see, it will soon be available to purchase, while a teaser video showcases its inner workings and a familiar blue glow akin to the Tenth Doctor's Screwdriver.

It's probably going to be a while before Gatwa's own version of the iconic gadget debuts, but we're sure many Doctor Who fans will fall appreciate this design. 

The Sonic Screwdriver first appeared in 1968's Doctor Who episode "Fury from the Deep" featuring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. It's remained a constant ever since in the character's adventures, getting the time-traveller and his/her companions out of many scrapes. 

Tennant will take centre stage this holiday season over the course of three specials titled "The Star Beast," "Wild Blue Yonder," and "The Giggle." 

In those, the actor reprises perhaps his most famous role, though obviously not as the Tenth Doctor. He'll also be joined by Catherine Tate's Donna Noble, a companion we never expected to return given what could happen if they're once again face-to-face. 

Joining them are Neil Patrick Harris as a villain thought to be The Toymaker, Yasmin Finney as Rose (which, as you might expect, has generated a lot of speculation online), Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble, Karl Collins as Shaun Temple, Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne Bingham, and the late Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott.

Check out Doctor Who's new Sonic Screwdriver below. 

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CLTMAN29 - 7/21/2023, 5:25 AM
Hardly the wildest design yet. That’s basically Matt Smiths with a few modifications.
AC1 - 7/21/2023, 5:38 AM
Looks great but it's not that unique considering it's basically a combination of 11's and 10's screwdrivers with a few elements of 12's and possibly even War's thrown in the mix.

Also just to nitpick the screwdriver hasn't been a constant since it was introduced during the Second Doctor's run; it was retired during the Fifth Doctor's run because the production team felt they'd grown too reliant on it so they wrote an episode where it was destroyed, and it wasn't brought back until the TV movie meaning it was absent for most of 5's tenure, all of 6's, and all of 7's apart from his final appearance in the aforementioned TV movie.
Radders - 7/21/2023, 8:25 AM
@AC1 - It definitely wasn't retired during Chibnalls run lol
1stDalek - 7/21/2023, 3:11 PM
@AC1 - The Doctor has been more reliant on it for a decade now than he ever was when they broke it during Davison's era, with only the S10 Capaldi showed restraint in its use of it. It's time to break it for a couple of years again.
AC1 - 7/21/2023, 5:44 PM
@1stDalek - yeah or come up with some other reason to nerf it so it's not some magical device that can do literally whatever the writers need it to do to resolve the plot
SeanMPC - 7/21/2023, 5:49 AM
I really like it, it's a mishmash of the previous few, but we're also getting Tennant back as 14, so I kind of feel that fits the theme.
Origame - 7/21/2023, 5:50 AM
OT: How come no one's covering the Spiderman 2 story trailer?

Scarilian - 7/21/2023, 9:28 AM
@Origame -
I guess the story is what most people expected so not much room for discussion. People expected Harry to be Venom so Norman can become Green Goblin at the end or in the sequel
Scarilian - 7/21/2023, 9:29 AM
Interested to see if bringing Tennant back will be enough to improve viewership or whether the last few years have caused permanent damage to the brand. Even then, will people stick around after Tennant leaves?
Cap1 - 7/21/2023, 9:52 AM
@Scarilian - with Ncuti starring in Barbie and his already solidified fanbase, plus huge budgets, plus premiering on Disney+ worldwide bar the UK, plus the reputation of quality Russell T. Davies now brings as well as bringing old diehard fans who fell of in Chibnall's awful runs, I'd expect it to be successful
Scarilian - 7/21/2023, 10:19 AM
@Cap1 -
I've no familiarity with Ncuti, he portrays himself as extremely flamboyant and seems to enjoy showing off his chest but I've seen nothing of his acting. He slipped away from RTD and began to spout political and social stuff at his Doctor Who announcement/reveal interview so I'm worried he's using it as a platform and that he's not really invested in the character. Especially seeing as he's recently compared his life experiences of surviving a genocide to the Doctor to claim that he is the Doctor purely because the Doctor experienced the Time War...

RTD Doctor Who was also of its time and appealed primarily to a young/teen audience, I still go back and revisit episodes but the quality was not perfect, lots of Deus ex machina's such as Win Button on Dalek Command Ship, Ghost-WIFI David Tennant, Reverse Time, Suck every Dalek/Cyberman into the Void, God-Like powers from the Tardis, etc... It may not hold up as fondly as most the old diehard fans remember. It's also unclear if RTD's skills as a writer will have been retained after over a decade.

You also have RTD's political and social views, at the time those were more accepted however we are now in a much more divided world on a lot of factors, if you lean too far in your political or social commentary you risk alienating some of the audience nowadays. You also have those who were firmly against the Doctor changing race or sex and you won't get that audience back for more than maybe Tennant's specials.

The Timeless Child plotline also severely damaged the show to the extent that a lot of fans who put up with the Jodie Era won't come back unless that aspect is retconned as the view it as an insult to the legacy of the show written by what they view as the weakest writer the show has had in modern times - Chibnall.

Just a lot of factors that may impact it.
Cap1 - 7/21/2023, 10:46 AM
@Scarilian - god forbid a handsome man show his chest, be in touch with his femininity, and own his political views since he’s not a robot, but instead a human, who can also act and have solid interest in his roles, so much so as to share a major personal connection to them, how could it be! What a world we live in. RTD’s been nominated for a plethora of BAFTAs since Dr Who, won multiple, generally one of, if not the most praised, coveted writer/maker of British television at current, so you can bet his skill has been retained. Timeless Child stuff may have an effect, that’s true, but bringing Tennant back, however briefly, plus Davies, longterm, plus his whole team, plus Murray Gold, is a virtually audible way of saying ‘things are going back to how they were’. It’ll do well, very well, I wouldn’t worry too much
Scarilian - 7/21/2023, 12:38 PM
@Cap1 -
None of my remarks on him were critiques, just observations of how he is presenting himself before we've got to see him in the role. These initial impressions can be crucial to how people perceive his IRL character and personality and can influence whether people would end up giving him a chance to see how his Doctor is portrayed.

As for sharing political or social views, he's allowed to... that said, perhaps during his first interview as the Doctor it'd have been better to be as neutral as possible in order to show the character can appeal to as wide an audience as possible.

"things are going back to how they were"

The primary concern is that the message of the specials could easily be the opposite, that you 'cannot go back to the way things were' and need to keep moving forward. That the past is in the past and revisiting it will only bring you heartbreak. The theory is that the main villain is the Toymaker, so it would be a direct commentary on the fans just wanting to play with the old and being trapped in the past rather than accepting the idea of moving forward. Donna being the Doctor's primary regret and now he's being tempted to relive the past with adventures with her.

Tennant coming back demonstrates RTD wants to reclaim the old audience, that audience is long gone and not touching this franchise with a 10ft pole. The only way they even temporarily show up is for Tennant but I don't see a reason why they wouldn't drop it immediately after. If the appeal is Tennant, nostalgia... why stick around for a very different form of Doctor Who for Series 14.

There's also rumors that the specials are going to end by effectively having the Doctor want to die, his famous catchphrase potentially being turned into "I want to go" or "I'm ready to go" the idea of him letting go of the Doctor before regenerating by choice. In concept it works well, but in execution it's the most popular Doctor committing suicide solely to let a new version take over. It's debatable how well this would go over with people if it happens.
WarMonkey - 7/21/2023, 2:25 PM
@Scarilian - I agree with you. Tennat is my favorite of the new Who Doctor's by far but I'm not coming back as long as the Chibnal era and especially Timeless Child are canon. And in their grand red carpet event it was all about political messaging and sexual activities of the actors and characters so that turned me off instantly. I was gonna give it a chance but not anymore.
1stDalek - 7/21/2023, 3:16 PM
@WarMonkey - The Timeless Child will never be brought up again. Chibnall himself had 13 throw the plotline down a literal drain, hopefully never to be seen again.
1stDalek - 7/21/2023, 3:14 PM
Looks like a mish mash of the 10-12 sonics, it's way too much.

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