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November 11th, 2018 42 comments

Character 13th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Version 2

Please note in most cases buyers have been receiving version 2

Available to order from, and

We advise you check with your chosen supplier as to which version you would receive if ordering on-line

Many Retailers have been supplying a second version of the 13th Doctor Sonic screwdriver. This features in our opinion many improvements over the 1st edition.

These include…

  • Redesigned packaging with a better view of the product
  • More defined features with a darker wash in place
  • Black Screw heads making them far less obvious (varies)
  • Frosted panels and emitter
  • Considerably brighter and more even lit led lighting

The emitter does not rotate on either version.

Image of Version 1 (Bottom) and Version 2 (Top) taken at the same time side by side showing the considerable difference in the LED brightness and light distribution between the two.

The Sonic Screwdriver is the ever present accessory of the legendary Time Lord, and since the regeneration at the end of 2017, Doctor Who fans across the globe have been awaiting the announcement of a replica collectible Sonic Screwdriver for the 13th Doctor.

Version 1 Packaging and sonic Screwdriver left and version 2 right

Please note pictures of version 2 are NOT official images.

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  • The Doctor :)

    January 15th, 2020 - 7:53pm

    Does any one know if there will be a totally new sonic for the 13th doctor not version 1 or 2, just a different design all together.

  • The Outcast

    January 9th, 2019 - 8:43am

    Just received my Version 2 CO Sonic, and I think it’s great. The design of the new Sonic may not be my favourite, but the toy is fun, especially with the touch feature.

    • Dysul – Javier

      January 15th, 2019 - 12:10pm

      Where did you get it from?

    • The Outcast

      January 15th, 2019 - 2:43pm

      Forbidden Planet.

  • the macra are better than you think

    December 7th, 2018 - 6:10pm

    got this!!!

  • Jordan Symmons

    December 6th, 2018 - 8:29pm

    Hi i’m getting the Version 2 Sonic Screwdriver Tomorrow in Argos in Bournemouth as they have it Under Reserved under my name…

    So I’m Glad that i’m getting the New One because it’s Much Better than the other one and you can see all the Led Light fittings in the First One..

    But For £14.99 in Argos you can’t go wrong ….

  • Rhys

    November 25th, 2018 - 10:35am

    Emailed both Character Online and Forbidden Planet and both gave the same response that they couldn’t guarantee it would be the new version. Utterly useless.

    Found someone selling the new version of eBay for roughly the same price and got it.

  • Stan

    November 17th, 2018 - 7:13pm

    I’m looking at the links you put out and there advertised like v1 will I get v2 if I buy it?

    • booboo

      November 17th, 2018 - 7:27pm

      well it clearly says in the post check with the retailer

      We advise you check with your chosen supplier as to which version you would receive if ordering on-line

    • Stan

      November 18th, 2018 - 11:37am

      I ordered one of forbidden planet I checked with them and looked online just having fingers crossed that i get v2

  • Chris

    November 15th, 2018 - 10:01pm

    I ordered one from amazon and it arrived today. Happily I received the new version which I am really chuffed with.

  • GallifreyanKnight

    November 15th, 2018 - 8:36am

    The Seve20 version is still better.

    • booboo

      November 15th, 2018 - 8:41am

      depends on if you want the novelty and extra cost of a rotating emitter or something that actually looks like the prop, the character one is by far the more screen accurate in terms of looks

    • MJS

      November 15th, 2018 - 10:40am

      I actually agree, I prefer the seven20’s flicker effect on the yellow light

    • Anonymous

      November 15th, 2018 - 2:13pm

      It’s really not good it’s so inaccurate now compared to this newer version.

    • Doctor Anon

      November 15th, 2018 - 7:49pm

      For me CO has the edge, it’s more screen accurate and that’s what I ultimately go by

    • 7thWhoKnots

      November 17th, 2018 - 11:19pm

      Neither are very accurate

    • The Living Shadow

      November 25th, 2018 - 1:27pm

      I’ve been tempted by the Seven20, but I just can’t get over how inaccurate it looks! Also the only thing it has over the CO is the rotating emitter, but it doesn’t even rotate with the right sound effect (at least from what we’ve seen so far)!

  • Anonymous

    November 14th, 2018 - 10:18am

    Ordered one from the offer on Amazon, though knowing my luck, it’ll be the old one.

    • booboo

      November 14th, 2018 - 10:22am

      everyone so far has had the new one so fingers crossed

    • Doctor

      July 10th, 2019 - 10:12am

      I got the new one, thing is just that the ermitter doesnt light up at all and i dont know why

    • booboo

      July 10th, 2019 - 10:37am

      it should, ask for a replacement

  • 7thWhoKnots

    November 13th, 2018 - 1:39pm

    Will the V2s be for sale in Argos stores?

    • booboo

      November 13th, 2018 - 1:43pm

      probably but unless someone has bought one recently we wont know if they have version one or two

    • 7thWhoKnots

      November 13th, 2018 - 5:06pm

      Managed to pick one up in store! Worth the journey!

    • Stan

      November 17th, 2018 - 7:20pm

      where did you click and collect?

    • 7thWhoKnots

      November 17th, 2018 - 11:20pm

      Got mine from Barnsley, drove there.

  • The Living Shadow

    November 12th, 2018 - 6:59pm

    Hmm… I modified my version 1 by using frosted tape and painting the screws black (I also cut some extra holes based on the prop), however the brighter LEDs on the version 2 definitely tempt me to pick up the new version… although having said that, I don’t like how the wash has gone onto the middle section with the speaker holes on it, as I believe that’s supposed to be clean metal… Aaah I’m nitpicky, but I’ll probably end up buying this anyway!

  • Kyle

    November 12th, 2018 - 4:56pm

    This is perfect! I hadn’t yet bought the original Sonic, so this improved version makes me want to buy it even more now

  • Gallifrey Falls No More

    November 12th, 2018 - 12:23am

    This would have been so much better if the emitter rotated

    • Colin

      November 12th, 2018 - 6:13am

      USA one does …but the size is better on the UK one ..the two should be mixed

  • Anonymous

    November 11th, 2018 - 9:03pm

    3 versions of the same thing? The BBC need to revisit their licencing agreements to a) ensure all regions are coming up with the same standards (I.e. not allowing CO to get away with a sub standard version for the UK market and b) ensuring CO are not abusing collectors by releasing a revised version just months after we have all reluctantly bought their original sub standard version.

    • Bundy

      November 12th, 2018 - 7:37am

      This is on the back of CO releasing the 4th Doctor with boots painted as trousers and shoes in the recent B&M pack, then re-releasing with actual shoes.

      The paint variants to the figures in the re-releases are one thing, but this is a different figure construction which fixes a fault that was obvious at the time, but was left knowing collectors would buy it anyway.

      If collectors want a more accurate item then they have to repurchase something they had already bought in good faith.

  • Tom Baker Plush

    November 11th, 2018 - 8:45pm

    Is this worth it if I already have the first version? It sits on my desk and I pick it up and play with it a lot so would be nice to have one that works better

  • Anonymous

    November 11th, 2018 - 6:23pm

    If I order of amazon will I deffo get version 2 ?

    • booboo

      November 11th, 2018 - 6:29pm

      cant guarantee it but everyone else has so far

    • Merlin

      November 12th, 2018 - 3:40pm

      Got my V2 today, so yeah, I’m pretty sure Amazon will supply this one.

  • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

    November 11th, 2018 - 6:07pm

    Can you still see the electronics inside this version through the frost effect?

    • booboo

      November 11th, 2018 - 6:14pm

      no not at all, you can see whet the led light is concentrated but that’s about it, one of the better things about version 2

  • MJS

    November 11th, 2018 - 5:37pm

    I love the new sonic but have 2 versions already. Will wait a while before I buy another!!

  • doctor whom

    November 11th, 2018 - 5:21pm

    love this sonic just got today well worth buying it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • booboo

      November 11th, 2018 - 5:23pm

      agree so much better

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