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The Next Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver

From the Doctor Who 2008 Christmas special ("The Next Doctor")


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Jackson Lake's sonic screwdriver from the Doctor Who 2008 Christmas special, "The Next Doctor".

("Well, it makes a noise.... [taps screwdriver against door frame] ...that's sonic, isn't it?")

No sonic screwdriver collection is truly complete without The Next Doctor's!

I've also included hollow versions for those who use 3D printing services that charge by volume, in order to make them less expensive.

Modeled in Blender based on screenshots from the episode.

Materials and methods

I printed the "metal" part in Ultimaker Metallic Silver PLA, and the handle in colorFabb woodFill.

The handle was sanded, though I deliberately left traces of the layer lines to simulate wood grain. I then gave it three coats of Minwax stain and polyurethane, then lightly sanded it down again to take most of the shine off. (The camera's flash made it look a lot shinier than it is in real life.)

The "metal" bits were sanded smooth, then lightly distressed near the tip to simulate wear and tear from usage, then I primed the whole thing except the surface that would be affixed to the handle.

I then airbrushed on a couple of coats of Alclad II Steel, then dry-brushed some silver paint onto the shank to simulate wear.

Next, I airbrushed the collar with Alclad II Dark Aluminium, but gave it deliberately uneven coverage to make it look somewhat aged. Then I used a toothbrush to spatter three slightly different shades of brown over it to simulate rust.

Finally, I used clear epoxy to affix both parts together.



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