Gifted to the Doctor by his Tardis at the end of series nine finale Hell Bent, the screwdriver has a much larger end than previous incarnations, and appears to have gone in an even more steampunky direction than its predecessor (including a fancy twirling light effect and a blue colour scheme that kind of resemble the Tardis).
If anyone’s counting, this new incarnation will mark the seventh major design of the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver (not including other characters’ versions of it or the sunglasses).
After the episode aired, Capaldi revealed a little bit more about the new design, including some very cool blueprints of the original prototypes.
So it’s goodbye to the wearable tech of the sonic shades, which have stood in since series premiere The Magician’s Apprentice, and welcome back to the venerable sonic screwdriver. We bet there’ll be a petition to reverse the decision within the hour.