Own a Real Sonic Screwdriver

Authentic Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver hero prop

“Real” being a relative term, this is indeed a real sonic screwdriver. It doesn’t emit any sonic waves, but in every other way, it’s the real deal, a “hero prop” exactly like the one used by Matt Smith on Doctor Who. You won’t believe how much it costs.

Crafted by hand by Doctor Who‘s own Nick Robatto — the Cardiff based prop maker who’s created all of the Doctor’s sonic screwdrivers since the show’s 2005 return — these bad boys do everything Matt Smith’s prop does on the set, with the green lights and extending bits and claws that pop open at the end. There are no mass-produced or machined parts; these sonic screwdrivers are made from 148 components, including aluminum, copper, brass, resin, and leather. And according to Quantum Mechanix, the company selling them, it takes Robatto two weeks to assemble just one.

Only 25 of these things are being made, and to own one, you’ll need to sign up for a waiting list at QMx’s website. Which doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get one. But be certain you really want one before signing up for that waiting list. If you’re lucky enough to be selected to buy one, it will cost you a cool $3,995.00 (that’s £2,599.95 in the U.K.).

A few more details to entice you:

  • 8.5″ long closed; 9.5″ extended
  • Comes with a custom-built, lighted display stand with Gallifreyan writing
  • Each stand shows its number and has Nick Robatto’s signature on it

QMx says it will be releasing a larger replica of the 11th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver sometime in the future, but stresses that the product described above is not a replica — it’s the real deal.

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