The Ninth Doctor - Christopher Eccelston
For the 2005 revival of Doctor Who, the sonic screwdriver was redesigned by concept artist Dan Walker to be used by Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor. From the designs Walker made, two hero filming props were produced by Aztec Modelmakers. Firstly the Cream Aztec and later the Grey Aztec.
However In October 2004 just before the filming of the episode “The End Of The World”, the Cream Aztec was modified to allow the top section to be extended simply by sliding it up whilst holding the micro switch. This was achieved by cutting a wide channel in the crackle painted body, and this wide slider channel is what earnt this variant the nickname “The Wide Slider Aztec”.
When David Tennant took over the role of The Doctor for the second series of the revived Doctor Who, he inherited both the Wide Slider Aztec and the Grey Aztec as his two main sonic screwdriver hero filming props, which continued to undergo modifications and refreshes throughout his tenure.
The specific Cream derived prop eventually made its final appearance in “The Eleventh Hour”, with Matt Smith taking on the role of The Doctor, which ushered out this design as the primary Sonic Screwdriver style.
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