Sunday, 12 February 2012
Doctor Who of the Day - The Visitation
On the direction of producer John Nathan-Turner and in use since the 1968 Second Doctor story Fury from the Deep, the sonic screwdriver was destroyed in The Visitation by the Terileptil leader.
JNT felt the tool was a too easy way of solving problems, and vetoed a scene at the end of the story where the Doctor would get a replacement from a room full of the devices in the TARDIS. It was the last time the sonic screwdriver was seen in the series until the 1996 Doctor Who television movie.