These are the original designs for River Song’s sonic trowel

The archeologist from the future had a very appropriate sonic in the Doctor Who Christmas special – but how was it made?

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30cm long, 7.5cm wide and able to dig up garden perennials 10,000 years away (probably): here are the original designs for River Song’s sonic trowel.

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The new piece of kit was one of four (yes, four) sonics to feature in 2015’s Doctor Who Christmas special, and now the BBC has released new images showing what it looked like during the design phase.

There are also these brilliant storyboards from illustrator Mike Collins.

And, just for fun, here’s River’s standout scene from the Who Christmas special reimagined in comic form (no sonic trowel required).

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Fantastic!