Steven Moffat Is Sorry He’s Not Sorry About The Doctor’s New Sonic Sunglasses

Would a sonic device in any other form still buzz as sweetly? Apparently not, according to the nearly 2,000 Doctor Who fans who’ve organized online to protest the iconic sonic screwdriver being usurped by a pair of sonic sunglasses.

The ban the Ray-Bans campaign started on Twitter under the hashtag #BringBackTheScrewdriver and is steadily gaining traction. Fans are concerned that the screwdriver has gone the way of Matt Smith’s fez—relegated to the prop closet indefinitely. Less concerned is showrunner Steven Moffat. He finds the whole sonic scandal quite amusing.

“It’s fun to be naughty,” says Moffat in a recent BBC video extra. “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?”

We have to agree with him. Besides, it’s not like the Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is the first Time Lord to ever don a pair of specs.



“Sometimes you actually have to embrace the heresy,” adds Moffat, “And I just thought, really on a whim, why would the Doctor feel wedded to a screwdriver? Maybe he fancies varying it for a while, maybe he’ll pop his sonic glasses on instead. Also, it maybe resurrected the original joke which we’ve sort of slightly forgotten, that the screwdriver was just a screwdriver that made a noise.”

Until he paints the TARDIS lime green or removes the plunger from the front of a Dalek, we’ll remain calm about the tweaks Moffat is making to the show. But in case you require more reassurance, Capaldi himself is happy to provide it: “The Sonic Screwdriver hasn’t gone,” says the actor. “The Sonic Sunglasses are an adjunct to the Sonic Screwdriver and have arrived because the Doctor likes Ray-Bans! You press them and they go zzzzz and they do great things.”