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Old March 27 2014, 02:19 PM   #226
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I guess I'm one of the only ones that doesn't mind the heavier use of the sonic in the new series. There may be episodes here or there where they use it a bit too much (like the recent Rings of Akhaten), but overall it doesn't strike me as much of an issue at all.

In fact just like I love the more adoring shots of the TARDIS we've gotten in the new series, I kinda love the extra attention the sonic has gotten as well. Especially since it's such a freakin cool little gadget.

Plus it only makes sense that the Doctor would like to show off a bit.
Never had a problem with the sonic screwdriver myself. Sure, it's a bit silly that it does practically everything (except wood), but which would be sillier, the Doctor carrying one device that can do everything, or the Doctor conveniently having some random device that is necessary to save the day?
Like a machine that goes "ding"?
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Old March 27 2014, 03:56 PM   #227
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I guess I'm one of the only ones that doesn't mind the heavier use of the sonic in the new series. There may be episodes here or there where they use it a bit too much (like the recent Rings of Akhaten), but overall it doesn't strike me as much of an issue at all.

In fact just like I love the more adoring shots of the TARDIS we've gotten in the new series, I kinda love the extra attention the sonic has gotten as well. Especially since it's such a freakin cool little gadget.

Plus it only makes sense that the Doctor would like to show off a bit.
Never had a problem with the sonic screwdriver myself. Sure, it's a bit silly that it does practically everything (except wood), but which would be sillier, the Doctor carrying one device that can do everything, or the Doctor conveniently having some random device that is necessary to save the day?
Like a machine that goes "ding"?
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Old March 27 2014, 04:05 PM   #228
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I don't mind him using it to pick locks, disrupt machines, stun guards, etc. It's turning it into a tricorder that bugs me. Using it to track a signal, or scanning an unconscious person just seems weird and beyond the scale of what it was built for.
On the other hand, its increasing functionality over time makes sense given the Doctor's character. It's plausible that he'd take a device that was originally just a screwdriver and spend centuries tinkering with it and adding incremental improvements.

I mean, really, is it any more ridiculous than the little boxes we still call "phones"? Originally, for the first century or so of the technology's existence, a telephone had one function: real-time voice communication over a distance. But today a "phone" is a multifunction computer interface and multimedia entertainment center that can also be used for text and visual communication and occasionally for carrying on a live voice conversation.
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Old March 27 2014, 04:28 PM   #229
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^ It's a magic wand for plot convenience. It's OK when used in moderation.

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Old March 27 2014, 04:46 PM   #230
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Aww, nuts! Once again, Christopher beat me to the punch. Basically, "what he said." The Doctor has added functionality to the device, making it ever more multifunctional. Narratively, it's like Trek's transporter. It allows the Doctor to advance the plot faster. Otherwise, we'd have more scenes of him trapped with a cell until someone releases him or building specialized devices to perform a single function. (Yes, I realize he has built Zygon detectors and timey-wimey sensors.) Now, if his "magic wand" (the analogy is very apt) worked flawlessly every time, yes, it would be a "god in the machine" contrivance, but like the TARDIS, the screwdriver can be a bit "random", per the needs of the story.

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Old March 27 2014, 05:49 PM   #231
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Every Doctor after the original had SOME gadget on them. The Third Doctor really popularized the screwdriver, and I agree it's something he'd keep upgrading over time just for the hell of it, but even during his "middle" incarnations he had gadgets that helped out, be they a sonic lance or a fancy fob scanner watch thingy. I wouldn't mind a substitute gadget for a while, just to mix things up.

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Old March 27 2014, 06:42 PM   #232
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Personally, I like think of the sonic more as a really advanced smart phone rather than a magic wand.

Think about all the things we can do nowadays with a smartphone. Now imagine it with another century or two of advancement. Wouldn't it be conceivable that our descendants will all be carrying around in their pockets something that will have a lot of the functions we see in the sonic screwdriver or a tricorder?
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Old March 27 2014, 07:08 PM   #233
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Aww, nuts! Once again, Christopher beat me to the punch. Basically, "what he said." The Doctor has added functionality to the device, making it ever more multifunctional. Narratively, it's like Trek's transporter. It allows the Doctor to advance the plot faster. Otherwise, we'd have more scenes of him trapped with a cell until someone releases him or building specialized devices to perform a single function. (Yes, I realize he has built Zygon detectors and timey-wimey sensors.) Now, if his "magic wand" (the analogy is very apt) worked flawlessly every time, yes, it would be a "god in the machine" contrivance, but like the TARDIS, the screwdriver can be a bit "random", per the needs of the story.

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Agreed. The sonic not only moves the story along faster, but makes the Doctor a much more proactive character.

And as for the tricorder comparison, well, why wouldn't the Doctor want to use it in a similar way? If you've got an urgent mystery or puzzle to solve (with sometimes thousands of lives hanging in the balance), it only makes to use all the tools you have available to you. Instead of just... aimlessly wandering about for a while until you stumble on a solution.
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Old March 27 2014, 07:16 PM   #234
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Although I admit, it did make the Doctor seem more impressive back when he'd just look at some mysterious phenomenon or fancy piece of technology, maybe sniff the air or something, and be able to identify it or determine its state based on that. That way he's just using his own knowledge and Holmesian observational skills rather than relying on a machine to give him the answer. Granted, the screwdriver is a machine he made himself, but it still isn't quite as impressive.
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Old March 27 2014, 07:52 PM   #235
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Personally I just wish they'd give the bloody thing a rest.
Me too. Had enough of the screwdriver for now!

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Old April 2 2014, 05:45 PM   #236
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No idea who this is, but apparently its a thing.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho...by-Mark-Gatiss
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Old April 2 2014, 06:23 PM   #237
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No idea who this is, but apparently its a thing.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho...by-Mark-Gatiss
he was Da Vinci in Da Vinci's Demons (which I've heard good things about but never seen myself)
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Old April 2 2014, 07:13 PM   #238
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Might it be a Robin Hood-themed episode: http://blogtorwho.blogspot.co.uk/201...ep-for-s8.html
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Old April 3 2014, 03:13 AM   #239
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Might it be a Robin Hood-themed episode: http://blogtorwho.blogspot.co.uk/201...ep-for-s8.html
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Might it be a Robin Hood-themed episode: http://blogtorwho.blogspot.co.uk/201...ep-for-s8.html
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