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The 14th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Chrome Edition

Please be aware that counterfeit Sonic Screwdrivers are being sold on online market places.

The Fourteenth Doctor’s essential accessory is available now as an online exclusive!

Character Options is delighted to announce a brand-new exclusive for its iconic Doctor Who Collection, as the Fourteenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

Heading into the 60th Year of Doctor Who it seemed entirely fitting that the Fourteenth Doctors Sonic Screwdriver was given an exciting exclusive unveiling to fans on the Doctor Who Booth at the San Deigo Show!

The limited-edition version boasts an exclusive ‘electro plated’ finish making it look like real polished steel and brass. It also boasts two modes of operation, Open and Closed, as well as five brand new and totally unique sound and light effects, with each accessed by a different button sequence. The Sonic comes in Regeneration style packaging with a sturdy mailer box.

Ensuring all fans have the chance to own this special piece, Character Options is delighted to confirm the latest Online Exclusive and for this Anniversary year, is this very same Special Edition of the Fourteenth Doctor’s new sonic device and is available for sale and immediate delivery now.

Al Dewar, Head of Product Development, commented: “Since the announcement of David Tennant’s return as the Fourteenth Doctor, I think it’s safe to say fans have been a wee bit keen to know much more about this as yet unseen iteration of the Sonic. Its look and function have been (rightly) entirely shrouded in mystery, and now with this Doctor’s essential accessory is officially unveiled, it’s a pure delight for us to confirm that in partnership with the BBC and Wolf Studios, we have been able to produce a really different and special version of this absolutely beautiful sonic.

“Having it ready for the start of the new series, I think is a genuine first in our history with the Doctor Who Brand and once again it’s with huge thanks to all involved that we’ve been able to achieve this.”

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  • PiersS

    November 20th, 2023 - 7:55pm

    There are 3 pages of scalpers on eBay, that’s around 180 screwdrivers.

    Disgusting that this has become the norm.

    • Judooning

      November 20th, 2023 - 9:18pm

      It’s bad, but 180 screwdrivers out of thousands isn’t that big of a number really. There would have been hundreds/thousands of other genuine people who did get one, but we just don’t hear about it because they don’t comment etc. Scalpers seem like a huge chunk of sales. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s tiny.
      It’s still 180 sonics too many tho of course.

  • Anthony Fagn

    November 20th, 2023 - 6:25pm

    Took me 90 minutes to order two one each for 2 mates of mine. This morning from 10AM sharp. Adding to the basket wasn’t an issue it’s just the 7 steps to actually pay for basket contents that’s the problem. And seeing how many are on ebay now it’s obvious the 2 per customer limit to stop or at least hinder the scalpers has not worked. Wether you pay by PayPal or your debit card there was a huge delay. Ridiculous. This Internet shopping is not all it’s cracked up to be. And we got to do this all again on there soon….

  • Sam

    November 20th, 2023 - 3:57pm

    This was definitely a ****show. They should have been more prepared and what queue goes from 45 minutes to an1 hour to 2 hours.

    • Doc

      November 20th, 2023 - 4:13pm

      I absolutely agree that this should have been better handled, the queue thing is explainable.

      The timer is based on an estimation of how long it thinks customers on the store will take, because the checkout crashed for the first hour or so, as PayPal thought there was a DDOS attack and wouldn’t let orders go through because of the sudden influx of orders at 10am, this caused people to stay a lot longer on the site, at the checkout, and so the timer fluctuated and added time in response.

      Some sellers on eBay are expecting a delivery of 4 of these, so the anti-scalping was avoided in areas, 4 sonics on there for £130 each. Insanity.


      November 20th, 2023 - 6:11pm

      Agreed I was waiting 13 minutes then finally get on but can’t order as it refused to let you select your country. Ended up giving up

    • Rex F

      November 20th, 2023 - 7:55pm

      Could they not have done a preorder, and then produced the required amount of stock? They’d already decided to scrap the initial limited number, so I don’t think it would have been dishonest for them to say something like, “limited to one more production run”?

  • Doc

    November 20th, 2023 - 3:56pm

    Does anyone know how many units were actually on sale today?

    I expected them to go fast, scalpers selling them for £1K you see the appeal to them, nevertheless I must admit I’m surprised that they sold in 3 and a half hours, especially given that PayPal wouldn’t let anyone make an order for the first hour!

    • AB

      November 20th, 2023 - 4:46pm

      Do you know how many the initial run was?

    • Doc

      November 20th, 2023 - 4:54pm

      I don’t, but i’d assume the same size as todays. I wondered if perhaps they were numbered, but I don’t think so. It would certainly be enlightening to know.

  • Iain B

    November 20th, 2023 - 3:38pm

    Yeah am one of the unhappy people spent ages in the queue. Got on site order two. 1 for me and one for my daughter for xmas gave all my details bank want to Confirm payment if looked ok took me back to site waited for confirmation then it took me back to 20mins in queue. Before I know it was all sold out. Not happy at all and am Definitely not paying hundreds of pounds on eBay.

    • Matt Y

      November 20th, 2023 - 5:10pm

      How long did you queue for?

    • Iain B

      November 20th, 2023 - 5:24pm

      2 an half hours. Timer kept jumping up and down. The site was a joke

    • Matt Y

      November 20th, 2023 - 5:53pm

      I bought two – as I knew the scalpers were going to be going in. It’s for someone who wasn’t able to get one today. You are welcome to buy if from me at RRP. If that helps. I don’t how it works on here as not a selling platform. And admin may not like this at all. My apologies to admin if this not allowed. Just trying to help someone out.

    • booboo

      November 20th, 2023 - 5:58pm

      As we are not a forum so there is no messaging system here so any details left will be in full public view.

    • Matt Y

      November 20th, 2023 - 6:35pm

      Thank you Booboo for allowing the post and letting me know. If Iain can find me on Facebook – Matt Young, Reading. (Tardis profile pic atm and 14 Doctors cover photo) then he is welcome to message me there. Or on the B&M Doctor Who Action Figure News and Information Array. Hope that helps. if he sees this of course. : )

    • Iain B

      November 20th, 2023 - 11:26pm

      Matt I will look for u on facebook thank you.

  • Tony

    November 20th, 2023 - 3:12pm

    Thankfully I managed to get two of the website exclusive screwdrivers one for myself and one for my dad i was on the website since 8:30am all the way until 12:25pm it was extremely frustrating had the website crash on me once and my payment method being rejected several times because I tried to purchase two at the exact same time thankfully buying them separately was a success got all the paid for and confirmation emails now just to wait for the email saying they have been posted I’m extremely happy to have it as part of my sonic screwdriver collection

  • anon

    November 20th, 2023 - 3:05pm

    Do we know if this 2nd. (Now Sold Out) also has the hidden lights & hidden sound effects with it?

    • H

      November 20th, 2023 - 3:11pm

      Yes it’ll have the hidden effects

  • Matt Y

    November 20th, 2023 - 2:44pm

    I would be interested to see how people didn’t manage to get one today who would have really liked one?

    • AB

      November 20th, 2023 - 2:52pm

      Judging by the reaction to their post on Twitter, A LOT of (angry) people!

  • Judooning

    November 20th, 2023 - 2:02pm

    Character have confirmed themselves that it’s now out of stock.

    • SonicBoom

      November 20th, 2023 - 2:11pm

      And now there’s hundreds on EBay, even one at a ridiculous £1000!!!!! Gangsters

  • pupbenny

    November 20th, 2023 - 1:54pm

    Back in stock now for anyone that’s interesting. And no waiting queue!

    • Doctor What

      November 20th, 2023 - 1:58pm

      Sadly not, still out of stock

    • Pupbenny

      November 20th, 2023 - 2:13pm

      Ah yeah, looks like it went out of stock again just after I said that. :/

  • Jordan

    November 20th, 2023 - 1:28pm

    It’s Now Saying OUT OF STOCK.

    Luckily I managed to get mine earlier at 11.53am

  • Ben

    November 20th, 2023 - 1:17pm

    Out of stock now. Damn it :/

  • Weeping Angel

    November 20th, 2023 - 1:14pm

    They are out of stock for me

  • Greg

    November 20th, 2023 - 1:04pm

    Finally got one after waiting 2.5 hours.

  • Kenny

    November 20th, 2023 - 12:52pm

    All gone

    • Loobop

      November 20th, 2023 - 12:59pm

      when i just looked they where out of stock and now there in stock again weird

    • booboo

      November 20th, 2023 - 1:01pm

      they might be adding them in batches, they have done this before

  • Loobop

    November 20th, 2023 - 12:40pm

    there still in stock,waiting times have gone from hours to less than 10 minutes now.

  • Owen

    November 20th, 2023 - 12:38pm

    I was finally able to place an order but didn’t get an email confirmation. I did screenshot the order number on the webpage. Unfortunately, I was charged twice because of the website crashing. Not sure if that means I’ve placed two orders, but I won’t know until I get an email confirmation.

  • BinMan

    November 20th, 2023 - 12:35pm

    Tried twice. Confirmed the purchase but it hasn’t charged me for it or gone onto the confirm order page. Not sure if I should try again incase they charge for those failed attempts in the end

    • Andrew

      November 20th, 2023 - 12:41pm

      I’ve tried 5 times with various devices and payment methods and it didn’t work. I’ve given up. All I wanted was 1 item…emailed their Customer Service with my observations.

  • Andrew

    November 20th, 2023 - 12:32pm

    It’s 7:30 am where I am in America. Tried waking up at 5 proper when it hit 10 over in UK, lost sone hope and tried sleeping after seeing the long queue, but fortunately waking up when I did glad to see the stock had survived for my order.

    Exporting ain’t cheap, of course, if I did my Mary right I still would be paying $60 after shipping with this, so I made it extra worth it and threw in the Silurian set with my order. Two exclusives in one, even if it does drive up my cost further.

    • Andrew

      November 20th, 2023 - 12:34pm

      *did my math. Phone autocorrect strikes again.

  • Anonymouse

    November 20th, 2023 - 12:15pm

    Goddit. Failed at cart stage once, got put back in a (shorter) queue, took it to checkout, through PayPal and back to order confirmation. Just the one for me, so I hope they’ve resolved some of the QC issues from the last batch.

    Stick with it peeps. It’s frustrating as hell, but if you hang on for a bit longer it’ll (hopefully) be worth it. Brave Heart and Good Luck!

  • PiersS

    November 20th, 2023 - 12:13pm

    Update. After a very challenging morning, I finally got in and purchased.

    Stay strong everyone.


  • F h

    November 20th, 2023 - 12:10pm

    When I pressed confirm order it took a while to load before it put me back to the main page with the item still in my basket which was weird. I wasn’t sure it went through and was about to order again just in case. Then luckily I got a receipt from pay pal confirming it. Which is weird because I paid by card…

    • Fh

      November 20th, 2023 - 1:44pm

      Ah! Have now received an unexpected confirmation email from character. (I’d heard they often don’t bother.)

  • Jon

    November 20th, 2023 - 12:08pm

    Got mine ordered, after also being kicked off partway through trying to resolve a checkout issue. Not had an email confirmation yet, but Paypal shows the transaction .
    This will actually be my 2nd one, as I succumbed and bought one when they appeared on eBay for £50 about a month back.

  • Jordan Symmons

    November 20th, 2023 - 12:01pm

    I’ve finally managed to get my 14th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver.

    After waiting 3 blooming hours.

    I’m so excited for the 60th Anniversary specials.

  • The 14th

    November 20th, 2023 - 11:56am

    One hour and fifty-four minutes after I have been able to order the sonic. With one Cloudfare error in between.

  • H

    November 20th, 2023 - 11:54am

    DONE. Third time lucky, after being kicked out of the site twice, checkout process went much smoother and payment went through first time. Good luck to anyone still trying.

    • Jo

      November 20th, 2023 - 12:14pm

      Waited 25 minutes. They must have loads this time

  • NX-74205

    November 20th, 2023 - 11:51am

    Got mine, was still in basket from July. Had no issues with payment either

  • James

    November 20th, 2023 - 11:44am

    Took almost 1 hour and 40 minutes (plus the extra hour I got on the site early) but it’s finally purchased!

  • ste

    November 20th, 2023 - 11:42am

    After re-entering the queue for 30 mins the checkout process went through. i hope it works out for everyone else too, and thanks for letting me vent in there comments lol

  • Kenny

    November 20th, 2023 - 11:40am

    Wonder how many of these there are.For anyone waiting in the queue it wasn’t as long as it says it’s going to be.


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