While you can program it by pointing your existing remote at the IR sensor in the tip and matching movements with button presses, there’s much, much more to the Sonic Screwdriver than, perhaps, even The Wand before it.
For starters, one of its modes allows you to access a well-stocked audio bank of sound effects from Doctor Who series past and present. Flick the remote one way and you’ll get a beep or clip, the other a different one, twist another, and so on. There are 13 sound effects in total, which is definitely lucky for some.
There are several other modes too, each accessible through a sequence of quick or long presses of the Sonic Screwdriver’s only button (on the bottom). There’s a quiet control mode that offers an alternative to the normal ones that accompany movements with authorised audio clips. And you can lock your remote with a pin - again, entered through numbers of button presses.
If somebody then tries to use the Screwdriver without unlocking, it will sound a Doctor Who-style alarm.
The Wand Company has also added a few Easter Eggs for fans who wish to fiddle. We won’t give away any major spoilers, save for one: leave your Sonic Screwdriver stationary but switched on for a minute and it will transmit a morse code message. We’ll leave you to find out what it says, and to look for others.