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Doctor Who showrunner on the fate of the sonic screwdriver

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Simon Ridgway/BBC WORLDWIDE LIMITED

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has a message for fans who aren’t sold on the Doctor’s new gadget: “Sometimes, you actually have to embrace the heresy.”

When the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) traded his sonic screwdriver for sonic sunglasses in the second half of the season 9 premiere, not all fans were ready to embrace “wearable technology.” The screwdriver has been a signature tool in the Doctor’s arsenal since the late 1960s — but in a video shared by BBC One’s YouTube account, Moffat argues that the sunglasses are being true to the history of the long-running series.

“It maybe resurrected the original joke … that the screwdriver was just a screwdriver that made a noise,” Moffat says.

But while the Doctor isn’t “wedded to a screwdriver,” the showrunner says that fans of the iconic device will eventually be rewarded.

“I’m sure the screwdriver will show up again someday.”

Until then, fans will always have Twitter.

 

Simon Ridgway/BBC WORLDWIDE LIMITED

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