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November 10th, 2018 282 comments

Character 13th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Version 1

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Thirteenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver collectible unveiled by Character Options

The must-have fan collectible is revealed at Comic-Con.

Following its unveiling at San Diego Comic-Con, Character Options is delighted to release further details about its brand new Thirteenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

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 by Character Options.

The new electronic 8” piece from Character Options is the perfect replica of the Doctor’s most trusted device; fully lighting up when activated and featuring brand new diagnostic sound FX.

Prop designer Arwel Wyn Jones talked through the new sonic; “It’s a privilege to have been asked to redesign the iconic sonic screwdriver for the Thirteenth Doctor and a new generation of audiences. I can’t wait for people to see how the Doctor acquires it!”

Alasdair Dewar, Character Options’ Director of Product Development commented: “The new Sonic Screwdriver collectible is a radical departure in look but still retains the classic Sonic abilities and getting access to the prop images early on really helped the development of this toy.”

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  • doctor whom

    November 10th, 2018 - 6:11pm

    if i don’t get the new one [which i hope i do] i will probably keep the old one in its box or send it back!

  • Anonymous

    November 10th, 2018 - 4:57pm

    I got the new one out of Argos

    • doctor whom

      November 10th, 2018 - 5:24pm

      first of all, how lucky!

      does the dummy button work?

    • Anonymous

      November 10th, 2018 - 5:43pm

      Got the new version from FP – dummy button is still a dummy (doesn’t rotate) but the light up effect, wire detailing on the emitter and overall look are much better than the original. Well worth a second one in my opinion.

  • doctor whom

    November 10th, 2018 - 2:38pm

    just risked it!

    fingers crossed i will get the new version!!!

    • booboo

      November 10th, 2018 - 2:42pm

      ours should arrive tomorrow so not to long to find out

  • doctor whom

    November 10th, 2018 - 1:58pm

    do you just have to risk it if you order it from amazon?

    • booboo

      November 10th, 2018 - 2:03pm

      we are just assuming from what people have said you will get the new version, if not just send it back

  • PatChampYoutuber

    November 10th, 2018 - 1:34pm

    Some nasty looking screw holes on this one which is a dissapointment

  • Nathan

    November 10th, 2018 - 1:15pm

    Just ordered one of these hoping for the new design. Also found 4th doctor regenerated in diamond packaging for £19.99 so ordered that too

    • booboo

      November 10th, 2018 - 1:22pm

      knowing my luck i will get the old one, at least you can send back easily if it is

    • Nathan

      November 10th, 2018 - 1:24pm

      Hope that don’t happen to any of us

    • booboo

      November 10th, 2018 - 1:37pm

      problem with online odering but worth the risk, i will just return it if its the old one

  • Innes

    November 10th, 2018 - 11:37am

    The one I ordered on sale yesterday from Amazon arrived today and it’s the new revised version with frosted plastic. Didn’t even realise they had updated it till I checked on here.

    • booboo

      November 10th, 2018 - 11:41am

      just ordered one as well to try my luck

    • Innes

      November 10th, 2018 - 11:54am

      Looks a million times better than the version I was expecting to arrive, I wasn’t too into the original sonic they made, thought I’d pull the trigger on it when the price was reduced, but I’d have paid full price for the version I got sent. Looks less like a cheap toy now.

  • WhovianLife

    November 7th, 2018 - 7:34pm

    Character has repackaged this again. And redesigned the packaging art. Also I believe the sonic itself has had stained plastic put in this time round instead of a clear style. Not 100% sure on that bit but looks like it. If you want Booboo I’ll send you a picture on Twitter

    • booboo

      November 7th, 2018 - 7:38pm

      ok so i can have a look

    • WhovianLife

      November 7th, 2018 - 7:40pm

      Tweeted you, as can’t dm

    • booboo

      November 7th, 2018 - 7:55pm

      yes see what i can find out

    • The Silent Silent

      November 7th, 2018 - 8:04pm

      Yes this is true saw this in Forbidden Planet London 2 hours ago they have the logo at the bottom of the packaging instead of at the top

      it also has a slightly darker appearance to the first release.

    • Doctor909

      November 7th, 2018 - 8:13pm

      Funny how CO online have just restocked as well -wonder if it’s the newer one?

    • booboo

      November 7th, 2018 - 8:17pm

      everywhere seems to have sold out for a while so probably a new batch, unlike the seven20 one one which most retailers have heavily reduced

    • WhovianLife

      November 7th, 2018 - 9:31pm

      Silent, Did you see if it had Frosted Plastic in the middle now? and does it have two buttons?

    • The Silent Silent

      November 7th, 2018 - 9:41pm

      @WhovianLife I believe it is exactly the same as the 1st release but with a slightly darker paint application and different packaging.

      I didn’t notice any other differences, otherwise I would have bought myself another one !

      Hope this helps

    • Anon

      November 8th, 2018 - 8:59pm

      Don’t suppose it now has a rotating emitter does it

    • Anonymous

      November 9th, 2018 - 7:04pm

      Got this new version from FP today. The bad news is the emitter doesn’t rotate BUT

      The illumination is 100% better (frosted plastic) and a more orangey glow (almost identical to the seven20). The wire detailing on the emitter is much improved and the body now has a better beaten metal look (think it’s got a better blackwash) which appears much more screen accurate. All my own opinion of course but I’d say much improved

      Thanks to CO who have obviously listened to some of the feedback

    • booboo

      November 9th, 2018 - 7:13pm

      does it have made in Sheffield!

    • Anonymous

      November 9th, 2018 - 7:16pm

      Sadly not

  • Exterminator

    October 11th, 2018 - 12:56pm

    There’s a short behind the scenes video on the Doctor Who Facebook group of the Doctor making her new sonic screwdriver, Jamie Childs the director says that the actual prop has ‘Made in Sheffield’ stamped on it left over from the spoons and knives the Doctor melts down to make it. Jodie herself says the crystal emitter is taken from the alien warriors pod.

    • Anonymous

      October 11th, 2018 - 12:59pm

    • booboo

      October 11th, 2018 - 1:08pm

      shame the “made in Sheffield” isn’t on the toys, doesn’t feel quite the same now although they wouldn’t have been able to release until after the episode, no sign of it spinning yet and the Character one is definitely the more screen accurate

    • Exterminator

      October 11th, 2018 - 1:42pm

      Yes I’d like to publicly apologise to Character Options for my earlier ranting about the Se7en20 sonic being superior.

      I was wrong. I’m sorry I doubted you CO.

    • booboo

      October 11th, 2018 - 1:44pm

      you were not alone, it may spin yet but the Character one is def the more screen accurate looking.

  • Anonymous

    October 7th, 2018 - 8:13pm

    at least we know that the chracter version is more accurate as it didnt rotate in s11 ep 1

    • Anonymous

      October 18th, 2018 - 5:24pm

      I’m sure I noticed it spinning in s11 ep 2.

    • Anon

      October 28th, 2018 - 1:30pm

      Emitter rotates in Ep 3 – that said CO still looks more screen accurate.

  • WhovianNavy

    September 9th, 2018 - 11:48am

    After seeing the concept art for the sonic screwdriver prop, and the Rubbertoe Replicas pictures, it looks like the crystal is held in place on the emitter. I think CO have the design really accurate.

    Seven20 have a lot of things wrong – the wood grain effect, the “twist” section, the smaller size. I think the company rebranding meant that they had to rush the release in a way, so they added the spinning feature to make it seem more cool and appealing.

    • booboo

      September 9th, 2018 - 11:54am

      the Character one is the far more accurate of the 2 and the spinning emitter may have added to much to the price retailers to stomach in the UK to be honest

    • WhovianNavy

      September 9th, 2018 - 4:22pm

      Agreed. Will be interesting to see the Wand Company’s version of the sonic if they produce them.

      It’s a shame the Doctor Who Adventures magazine halted, as the new series looks like it could draw in a lot of new viewers.

    • MUS

      October 11th, 2018 - 4:59pm

      Thing is, why have CO built a button onto it that does nothing? My guess is it will spin at some point in the series. I can’t imagine a piece of merchandise that is wholly wrong getting released. It would have had to be approved.

      I’ve ordered a seven20 so will be able to judge when both are side by side.

    • booboo

      October 11th, 2018 - 5:07pm

      if it does spin the cost to add it to the Character one may have put it beyond retailers acceptable price point possibly

      Perhaps it was planed and cost prohibited it. There are many factors in play

      we now know the “woodgrain effect” on the seven20 one simply isn’t on the actual prop

  • Exterminator

    September 5th, 2018 - 7:10pm

    Ok, although I’ve been trashing this sonic because the crystal doesn’t rotate and it has a button that does absolutely nothing, I ordered one from Amazon today.

    I think the announcement of the date for the first new episode has got me excited.

    They’d better hurry up and reveal the new 5” action figure of Jodie because I very nearly ordered the doll as well.

    • booboo

      September 5th, 2018 - 7:17pm

      to be honest, the character one is the more screen accurate as in how it looks, we all want a 5″ figure but the doll is pretty good.

    • Exterminator

      September 5th, 2018 - 7:38pm

      I watched a comparison video on YouTube between this and the Se7en20 sonic and I think you’re right Booboo, the CO one does look more accurate.

      They’re both covered in annoying screw holes and until the show airs, we don’t even know if the crystal emitter is even supposed to rotate or the bottom section twist round.

      Plus I got it for £13.45 on Amazon because I’ve ordered one with slight damage to the packaging which is fine as I’m going to open it anyway. I also ordered the 12th Dr’s second sonic for £11.17 again with slight packaging damage. Both for £25 is great I thought.

    • Exterminator

      September 5th, 2018 - 9:03pm

      I’m not getting the doll, I’m a grown man and it’s bad enough I still buy action figures! Lol

    • Exterminator

      September 6th, 2018 - 9:58pm

      I got a bargain today in my local b&m, they’ve had one solitary 12th Dr’s 1st sonic on the shelves for over a year. I finally gave in and bought it and it scanned at the till for just £1.00. Brilliant!

  • MIKSK89

    September 1st, 2018 - 12:53am

    Got mine from Amazon, arrives tomorrow. Along with my 7th Doctor umbrella from Abby Shot

  • doctor whom

    August 25th, 2018 - 2:11pm

    great thing, way more accurate than the seven20 version believe it or not!!!!

    got mine from Cardiff TV and movie store because you get to try out there sample one first!

  • The Master

    August 23rd, 2018 - 11:17pm

    Sleek Design I love it ! Wonder if the latest version of tardis will be next thing they issue ! Argos availability’s very good ! I just got the doll today too !

  • Greg

    August 21st, 2018 - 8:27pm

    Just collected my 13th doctor sonic from Argos.

    I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with it so far.

  • Sambot22

    August 20th, 2018 - 2:34pm

    These now seen to be arriving in Argos store’s, may take a couple is days to get to all stores. Once the first lot of stock has sold more are expected in. The doll figure will still be a week or more yet.

    • Garry Jones

      August 20th, 2018 - 6:42pm

      Yes, my local Argos store got stock of these today

    • Greg

      August 20th, 2018 - 8:54pm

      I’ve reserved one at my local Argos. I’m going to collect it tomorrow. Saves me postage on a forbidden planet order.


    August 16th, 2018 - 1:24am

    Has anyone had any information about orders of the sonic from Forbidden planet international website.

    • booboo

      August 16th, 2018 - 7:15am

      they didn’t get any where near enough stock in their 1st delivery to fulfil all the orders, a lot of retailers are in the same boat

    • Anonymous

      August 16th, 2018 - 8:17am

      I think screwdriver is selling quite well, both the forbidden planet’s near me have completely sold out of them!

    • Zev

      August 23rd, 2018 - 3:25pm

      Mine arrived today from FP International! I wasn’t aware until now there were two different versions of it. The US one revealed at SDCC that comes with the rotating crystal, and the UK that doesn’t, and honestly I’m quite disappointed.

  • james

    August 14th, 2018 - 1:33pm

    when is the 13th doctor soinc screwdriver coming out

    • booboo

      August 14th, 2018 - 1:36pm

      its been put for a while but some places have sold their first batch and waiting for more stock

  • Jordan Symmons

    August 10th, 2018 - 9:03pm

    Oh, brilliant! I Brought mine today from Forbbiden Planet in Southampton and i got the Last Two Sonic Screwdriver and for once it’s more alien tech.. I Love this Sonic Screwdriver and i’m planning to get the 10″inches Doll Next…

    And would we be getting the Doctor Who: Series 10 Original Soundtrack too

  • Richard

    August 10th, 2018 - 5:42pm

    I went into forbidden Planet on Tuesday and they had like six screwdrivers and four dolls (I bought a doll and I love it.) and then I went back in on Thursday and they had sold all the screw drivers and only had two dolls left! That’s a good sign!!

  • BadWolf99

    August 9th, 2018 - 1:36pm

    Still waiting…… Im running outta patience

    • Anonymous

      August 9th, 2018 - 11:47pm

      Who did you order from?

    • BadWolf99

      August 10th, 2018 - 4:59pm

      Forbidden planet

  • Anonymous

    August 8th, 2018 - 8:18pm

    Oh, brilliant! Mine arrived today!!!

  • Steven

    August 7th, 2018 - 12:55pm

    Mine came through today I love it it feels so right for a screwdriver

  • David Dalby

    August 6th, 2018 - 3:00pm

    Arrived today. Has only one button that operates, the other being a dummy. Bit disappointed. Still awaiting 10inch doctor from FP.

  • Anonymous

    August 6th, 2018 - 9:33am

    Booboo I couldn’t find the ask a question page but when I go to the b and m sets 2018 I can’t seem to comment or reply on them? Is this a bug or an error on my part?

    • booboo

      August 6th, 2018 - 9:53am

      comments on the sets are switched off for now because of the lack of communication from B&M as to product codes/ price etc as people were just asking the same think over and over

  • Anonymous

    August 6th, 2018 - 9:22am

    Is there any reviews online that compare the two Sonics side by side together?

  • The Cyberman Fan

    August 5th, 2018 - 5:42pm

    I’m very disappointed with forbidden planet international. They’re famous for dispaching items a year after you ordered them!

    • BadWolf99

      August 7th, 2018 - 6:37pm

      Im still waiting on mine too. I should have learned from the time i preordered the 3.75 inch Clara . It too forever to come and everyone else had theirs .

  • Euan Bird

    August 5th, 2018 - 9:04am

    Anyone know if FP Glasgow still has this and the folk in stock. Going there on Wednesday so hopefully they might have some left or have re stocked.

    • Anonymous

      August 5th, 2018 - 9:53am

      I would think so, i’m Going in tomorrow and i’ll Let you know then if you don’t find out before hand. You could probably message them on Facebook or phone to ask

  • BrunoB

    August 5th, 2018 - 8:02am

    Forbidden Planet Edinburgh still have a few in stock (as well as some 10″ 13th doctor figures)


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