Company co-founder Richard Blakesley, who lives in Cottenham, told the News: “There’s a plastic toy version, which isn’t as accurate as we wanted. So we went to the BBC and said, ‘Can we borrow a prop?’ They sent us along to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, but it turned out that one was a replica. Then they said ‘actually, there are only two real props left - one’s been lost, and the other belongs to David Tennant.
“So we phoned David’s agent and he said he’d check. The next day he came back and said, ‘That’s fine, David says you can borrow it’.”
Richard and his business partner Chris Barnardo, from Dunmow, took hundreds of photographs and 3D image scans of the device, before returning it to its rightful owner.
“It’s entirely down to David Tennant,” says Richard, 39. “We’d heard he was a nice guy, but there’s nice and then there’s bending over backwards to help somebody you’ve never heard of.”
Last week, Richard was able to return the favour by presenting the actor with the very first Tenth Doctor sonic to be produced.
The fine folks at The Wand Company were nice enough to take a few pics for us to share.
If you’re at San Diego Comic Con, you can find it at the ThinkGeek booth, #5541 (near Door C)
via Doctor Who tv:
Following the huge popularity of the Eleventh Doctor range, The Wand Company have created an authentic Tenth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control.
Painstakingly 3D scanned from the original screen-used prop, kindly loaned to The Wand Company by David Tennant himself, this Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is a faithful clone, CNC machined from aluminium, crammed full of technology and is a fully functioning gesture-based universal remote control that looks, feels and works just like the real prop – utilising sound effects from the BBC archives.
Previewing on the ThinkGeek Booth at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote will be available exclusively through selected retailers in the UK, US and Australia in October 2013 to coincide with BBC Worldwide’s Tenth Doctor celebrations, here on doctorwho.tv. The Screwdriver will retail at £69.95 GBP / $109.95 USD / $129.95 AUD.To further commemorate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary year, The Wand Company is also launching a limited-edition gold and silver plated version of their enormously successful Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control. A small quantity will be available first at San Diego Comic-Con, and then from other selected retailers in the UK and US, but with only 250 of these special, individually laser-numbered Sonic Screwdrivers ever being produced, this is the ultimate collectible for Doctor Who fans.