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Sonic Screwdriver? There's an App for That!


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Louis Trapani - Posted on 09 November 2013

Now in the iOS App Store is the Doctor Who: Sonic Screwdriver (Official) (for iOS 5 or later). Is if it wasn’t already overused on the television series, now it’s available on our iPhone. It includes four 3D models of sonic screwdrivers and thankfully not just limited the last seven years. It gives you a choice of two kinds of backgrounds for your sonic screwdriver. One is “transparent” (thanks to the rear camera) which emulates holding the actual sonic screwdriver as it will pick up whatever background you are pointing your iOS device towards (pretty nifty, huh?). Of course it has various sonic screwdriver sounds (it wouldn’t be “sonic” otherwise). You can even shake the 11th Doctor’s model to extend it. Plus it’s a flashlight app as well (for those with a camera flash and who haven’t updated to iOS 7 which now has it built-in the OS, may find this feature handy). 

The app is licensed through BBC Worldwide Limited, making it “official.” I recall when apps first came to the iPhone, one of the first Star Wars related apps was a lightsaber app. This reminds me of it. The lightsaber app wasn’t “official” originally until it was taken over and made official (and unfortunately made into a promotional app when it was re-released as such).

Now you can have a virtual sonic screwdriver on your iOS device. The developer (Useless Creations Pty Ltd) warns that you should “remember, it doesn’t work on wood.” It is currently $1.99 (US) in the App Store (£1.50 UK). You can find it here in the US App Store » Doctor Who: Sonic Screwdriver (Official) - Useless Creations Pty Ltd (affiliate link) and here in the UK App Store » Doctor Who: Sonic Screwdriver (Official) - Useless Creations Pty Ltd (affiliate link).

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