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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
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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FrankRT Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are these still on sale?
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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.
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Kittty-Catt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Which one is your favorite?
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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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jayandjames Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
plz send a link to the 7th doctors
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Hi, there is no 7th Doctor sonic. Closest you have is the 8th Doctor's sonic which the 7th Doctor used in the TV Movie.
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jayandjames Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
yeagh8th i keep getting tmem mixed up plz send a link
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
A link to what exactly? A picture of the 8th Doctors sonic? It's right in the picture here.
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jayandjames Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i mean to where you bought it
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Ohhhh, well you have to say so then. I don't have a link to that anyway because I bought it directly from the source. Just google RB Replicas and see if you can find him. I believe he has a site you can contact him at. I got mine directly from him though so I have no idea what that would be.
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jayandjames Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ok
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Where'd you get these and how much did they cost?
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Lol, well, the penlight was from ebay and it wasn't listed as a sonic screwdriver. That was about $35-ish I believe. The others are all RB Replicas and I ordered them directly, but like I mentioned in the description, they are also customized by me so you can order them but you won't get what you see here precisely. Those range anywhere between $140 to $200+ depending on how much I had to do to get them where I wanted. I mean I had to pay extra to get new parts made for these like the smaller diameter emitter halos and I had to make the custom magnets and then track down paint and pintstriping tape and order it and then there's the time it took to mod and assemble the new parts and research, don't get me started on how many hours of research it took me to get info on certain things as well as practice my skills and figure out HOW I was going to do the modded custom parts. The 8th Doctor's sonic I didn't do too much to but I think that one is like $120-ish or at least it was when I ordered that one, so I can't say if it has gone up in price at all.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I need an 8th Doctor sonic for my cosplay. That's not too bad, about what I was expecting. Thanks!
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
No problem. I can definitely say that you won't be disappointed in that 8th Doctor sonic. It's collapsible but thank's to how it's designed it doesn't get scratched up on the neck section like a few others did that I've seen people make. It also locks closed and is spring loaded when you unlock it so it pops free easily. Just do a google search for RB Replicas and Russell Brown and you should be able to find him easily. Dunno if he has many of that sonic left but he'll hook you up is he does though don't quote me on the price because that was how mcuh I paid a couple years ago. Material costs may have gone up.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Gotcha. Thanks!
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zender3162 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
amazing i want them all they are so cool i also learned from this i never knew that the 5th sonic was any different from the 4th cool and i have the 8th doctors key it was realativly easy to buy off ebay for like $10 might be a different kind of key but it looks exactly the same

in short i will have to steal these from you
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Well you can TRY to anyway, lol.

Technically prop-wise the sonic in the classic series, from Pertwee to Davison was actually the same prop but it was refurbished a few times over the years and that gave rise to people thinking it was a different prop or that the emitter head was interchangeable and many other things but apparently it was the single prop from 72 to 82 or 83 when it was "destroyed" in the Visitation.

As for the 8th Doctor's key, it's possible but one other company made a key like that called Spirit of Light around the same time that was very similar. There was also a company out of Asia that made a slightly larker knockoff that is very similar on the front butt he back details have a line outlining the constellation and edge of the key itself that isn't on the original prop. It's a great stand in though so many people like it I have one in my collection myself actually.
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting you should post this because i was doing some research on the classic keys to see if we ever got a good glimpse of the Davison or C. Baker keys and what I noticed is that the Davison key was silver, one shoulder/bump/rest and looking very much in the same style as the new series ERA key. That said I have not been able to find a Yale key matching this, though I did get a "Mister Minit" key from Australia when trying to find a Silca alternative that seems to work well. Tad more oval than I would like. Been thinking of having another JMA blanked on only the brand side to have it similar but different for the collection.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Yeah it was hard to see on Black Orchid but it looked single bumper to me as well. Never was sure on the silver color since well, that was hard enough to tell on the MODERN series sometimes. I'm rather curious as to what brands of keys in the early 80's had that look to it in a five pin style, lol.
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tell me about it. In the caps that I took you can see that there is some kind of writing on the front and more than one place. It's not much but it's a start.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Did you put that in the Key Research thread on the RPF?
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was going to start a classic key thread since our was new series. But if yo uthink it doesn't matter anymore then I'll throw up a cap later.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
No, go ahead. I listed it mainly as an ERA and Yale research thread so I think this counts. I think we've mainly done research on the modern keys because we have more close looks at the keys but I think even the classic series stuff would be great to discuss there.
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Terrasolo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, cool, I'll probably do that a bit later tonight. In the middle of editing a film right now.
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Sweet! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you got for pictures. Maybe we can hunt down this new key.
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