Doctor Who’s “Sonic Screwdriver” has been added to the Oxford dictionary

Peter Capaldi’s Twelth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver

In honour of the hit BBC show Doctor Who starting on its 10th season, the Oxford English Dictionary have added one of The Doctor’s most famous gadgets to its famed pages; the trusty sonic screwdriver, which was first introduced during Patrick Troughton’s tenure as the time travelling hero, back in 1968.

The original Sonic Screwdriver – seen here in “The War Games” – used by Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor.

The Sonic Screwdriver has gone from various incarnations – mirroring the regneration of the Time Lord – and has been an iconic part of the show ever since it was re-introduced to TV screens back in 2005.

The 10th (David Tennant) and 11th (Matt Smith) Doctor’s sonic screwdrivers in “The Day of The Doctor”

The Oxford English Dictionary’s blog has allowed us to “travel forward in time to take a sneak peek at this Whovian entry”, which is “chiefly Science Fiction: a (hand-held) electronic device which uses sound waves to perform various mechanical and technical functions. Originally and chiefly in (or in reference to) the British television series Doctor Who.”


Doctor Who Season 10 continues Saturday at 7:20pm.


Author: Thomas Parkes

Hi, my name is Thomas Parkes. I'm currently a student at the City of Wolverhampton College, studing the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

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