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Classic Series Sonic Screwdriver Collection by Police-Box-Traveler Classic Series Sonic Screwdriver Collection by Police-Box-Traveler
And they aren't the toy version either!

I finally added another piece to my collection that I've been wanting to fill in a gap, that being the 5th Doctor era sonic screwdriver.

A brief description here of the sonics and their accompanying keys. The 2nd Doctor's sonic screwdriver is indeed just a penlight. Back when they first introduced the tool they used a simple penlight for the sonic. It seems a bit lazy to some in retrospect but to my mind it makes sense that the Doctor would have the tool disguised as something as simple as a penlight. Now the model I have isn't the exact model used by the production in the 60's unfortunately but it is as close as I can get...for now. The key there with it is a blanked and polished Yale key but I'll be replacing that as soon as I can get the correct era Yale stamped key cut to fit my lock.

Next is my 3rd Doctor's sonic. It's an FX sonic made by RB Replicas in the UK that I customized...a lot. The entire emitter assembly has been reworked and includes a smaller diameter emitter halo and a few greeblies here and there. The body and grip were completely re-striped as well including on the yellow and black spiral section which means only the yellow itself is the only thing color-wise that is stock. The key there is a Mooncrest Models key on a custom 3mm rolo chain.

The 4th Doctor's sonic you may have seen in my gallery before. Much like the 3rd Doctor's sonic it also features a smaller diameter halo only painted burgundy this time and a custom black emitter magnet. It's also an FX sonic made by RB Replicas. The key, is also a Mooncrest key. This time though it's slightly retooled and is more based on the key that Tom Baker used as the 4th Doctor. I strung that on a stainless steel curb chain.

Next is the new addition, the 5th Doctor's sonic. This one is also an RB Replicas sound FX sonic like the last two. I usually prefer to use these as, even though they aren't 100% accurate with some minor work here and there they are amazingly close. Even though Tom Baker used the sonic in this color scheme for his last year as the Doctor, Peter Davison used it for awhile longer in his run and as many know, this is how it looked before it was finally destroyed in "The Visitation" complete with the bright red emitter halo and matching emitter magnet. The white band on the thumb rest in the mid section actually appears as during the 4th Doctor's era as far back as...I want to say series 13 or 14 but most associate it with the final years of the sonic so I only have it here on the Davison sonic. The key that is with it is not a mistake. The Tardis Key that many associate with the show actually reverted back after a time and it was indeed confirmed in the 5th Doctor serial "Black Orchid" that the key was a simple Yale key again. That of course changed in Sylvester McCoy's last year when he went back to a special key again but seeing as how he didn't have a sonic screwdriver we have to skip forward a bit to...

The 8th Doctor's sonic and key. This is another RB Replicas piece though, because of the design there is no room for electronics so this is just a straight up replica. With this one though the upper section actually collapses into the body much as the original prop did for the 1996 TV movie. I didn't customize this much though, just a bit of hardware tweaking to the emitter to make it a bit more solid. The key that goes with it is indeed an actual 800-TREKKER key replica made in the 90's and they are kinda rare these days.

That's it folks. This is my classic sonic replica set so far. I still want to get the 6th Doctor's sonic lance sometime either by building or buying one and I could technically include Romana's sonic in here but I wanted this to be strictly the Doctor's classic series sonics so no Romana and nothing past the 1996 TV movie.
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DRAGON378 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Where did you get them
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Please refer to the description for any info. Aside from the 2nd Doctor's sonic the rest are all made by the same company mentioned there.
CptBerns Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
The white band on the thumb rest in the mid section, what's it made of and where could I find it? I would like one for my 5th doctor's sonic by RB Replicas.
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Well, Russ puts that on there and if I had to guess, paint XD If you're going to paint the band on though, don't bother with primer, just use Rustolium paint. Gloss or satin white will do. Just clan the section you want to paint with alcohol,  tape off the parts you don't want to paint, paint it, remove the tape after say an hour or two, then let the thing cure completely for a FULL week. Then clean any overspray with straight rubbing alcohol and Q-tips. Rustolium works the best on straight aluminum without shipping. I've used it even on emitter rings and it holds up great!
CptBerns Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Thanks for answering.

Oh? I thought it was some kind of plastic or rubber that goes over the metal. Guess it must be an optical illusion, but the screwdriver looks thicker with the white part.
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Well, it is technically a bit wider but not by much. I'd say it's an optical trick for sure because the high shine of straight metal makes the curve of the cylinder look like it ends sooner than if it's white. From what I've been able to gather, the white was caused by that part of the sonic being plated, then the plating chipped and peeled off and the metal underneath oxidized white.
FrankRT Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are these still on sale?
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
l, well ,I don't sell them so I can't say. I would go to the RB Replicas site and use their contact page to ask them.
Kittty-Catt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Which one is your favorite?
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Oh...ummm...I don't know really. They're all good. I can't say the penlight because well, it's just a penlight. The 3rd Doctor's sonic is nice and probably the one I spent quite a bit of time on getting right with all the pin striping I did, but in the end it's just a bit silly looking with all that stuff on it. The 4th and 5th Doctor's sonics are basically the same and I think I may have worked a bit harder on the emitter magnet of the 5th Doctor's sonic just because of how much it took to paint the gloss red smoothly. The 8th is nice but I didn't do much with it. I DO like its look though. I can't really say I like one best. Usually when I go out I take a custom rather than a replica, lol.
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