It’s been the most controversial aspect of series nine thus far. No, not the moment it looked like the Doctor was going to shoot a child in the face, but when he ditched his Sonic Screwdriver for a pair of Sonic Sunglasses.
Speaking at MCM London Comic-Con, showrunner Steven Moffat addressed the controversy.
“I know there’s a petition to get rid of the glasses,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a very successful petition.”
Is that a joke that the Sonic Sunglasses are on their way out? Regardless, Moffat offered an impassioned defence of his “pro-glasses agenda.”
“I love the fact that people have risen up in anger over the sonic screwdriver,” he said, “God knows how that lot would have got on when they introduced regeneration, or that Time Lords have two hearts.”
“As of now every kid with glasses is Doctor Who! Kid 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 uber celebs 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?”
Put that way, we’ve changed our mind. Sonic Sunglasses Forever!