Doctor Who: Moffat Responds To Criticism About Sonic Sunglasses

As you'd expect the switch over from a Sonic Screwdriver to Sonic Sun Glasses is something that has really got up the noses of a lot of 'Doctor Who' fans

A couple of week back fans of ‘Doctor Who’ learned why Peter Capaldi had chucked away the sonic screwdriver.

Of course it was so he could don some cool Sonic Sun Glasses.

As you’d expect the switch over from a Sonic Screwdriver to Sonic Sun Glasses is something that has really got up the noses of a lot of ‘Doctor Who’ fans who feel it is heretical to make such a change. Lest they forget that for a time in the 80s the Doctor completely went without any sonic help.

In a recent interview for the BBC Moffat responded by saying that “sometimes you just have to be heretical”.

“Sometimes you actually have to embrace the heresy. And I just thought, really, on a whim, why would The Doctor feel wedded to a screwdriver?,” he said.

“Maybe he fancies varying it for a while, maybe he’ll pop his sonic glasses on instead.

“It maybe resurrected the original joke which we’ve sort of slightly forgotten, that the screwdriver was just a screwdriver that made a noise. It’s gradually become this all-purpose everything that looks really cool. It’s fun to be naughty.

“I know some people are incredibly irate about it, and I’m sure the screwdriver will show up again someday. But just to show that we can – why not?”

A fan called Jason Irving felt so strongly about the ditching of the screwdriver that he started an online petition, which thus far has collected well over a thousand signatures, but will likely need a few million in order to have any kind of impact.

Irving says, says: “The new ‘wearable technology’ that the Doctor has acquired already has engraved itself into the fan’s minds. Unsurprisingly, the reception of them has been pretty scathing, a sizeable chunk of fans calling them tacky and gimmicky, and quite a ridiculous.”

He went on to add that both devices are not essential for the Doctor to get by as a plot device. I personally can see his point here. Back in the the 60s when Doctor Who first started he got by perfectly well without any sonic devices. In the 70s when the first screwdriver was introduced. It was little more than a gimmick and for most part only really opened doors or helped the Doctor maintain the tardis.

Although I also feel that Moffat has a point too. ‘Doctor Who’ is meant to be a family show, which is something that should also be entertaining to young children. So having a Sonic Screwdriver or Sunglasses are not only pretty cool. But they’re also fun. Neither device has really ruined any enjoyment that I derive from the series.


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One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    6 October 2015 at 2:38 pm -

    I’m with you. I don’t see the problem. I think they’re fun and suit Twelve. If Five can have celery to warn him of gas allergies, then Twelve can certainly have sonic sunglasses.

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