This year I decided that I wanted to put together an 11th Doctor costume for Halloween. Of course, this meant that I needed to get myself a sonic screwdriver! Without the time or funds to make a decent working version from scratch I decided to buy one of the spring-loaded plastic toys from Chapters Indigo. I was pretty happy with it, until I quickly discovered some design flaws present in the toy right after installing the batteries. Here they are:
- The screwdriver toy has very obvious buttons, which are not present in the actual prop.
- The main activation button for the lights and sounds only works when the screwdriver is in the closed position. If it is open you are stuck using the silly red button on the bottom, which is also not present on the actual prop.
- The screwdriver has a spring action. The real prop is flicked open.
- The claws are hollow! The prop definitely doesn't have hollowed out claws.
I have essentially done the same modifications that he made in his 6th version, except I traded out duck tape and hot glue for heat shrink and epoxy, just to give the final product more longevity. I also wrapped the handle in leather as he did in his early versions, repurposed the switch from inside the screwdriver, and weathered the screwdriver a bit.