When the Doctor… er, “loaned” his sonic screwdriver to Davros in “The Magician’s Apprentice,” he relieved himself of his trademark instrument — and that had to be replaced. Enter: the sonic sunglasses, a hopped-up, high-tech version of Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
Fan reaction was predictable: This was the end of the world! Showrunner Steven Moffat — frequent target of fan venom for shaking up the status quo — sent more people running for the hills than the Untempered Schism ever did.
Moffat told the crowd at MCM London Comic-Con:
“As of now, every kid with glasses is Doctor Who! Kids whose parents don’t want to shell out for a sonic screwdriver toy — just put on a pair of sunglasses, you’re Doctor Who! And best of all, every pin-brained celebrity walking into a party with shades on is now cosplaying Doctor Who! If it pricks the pomposity of ubercelebs and turns an eye defect into a super power and confers star-magic on an old pair of sunglasses — what could be more Doctor Who than that?”