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Friday, 20 December 2013

Series 8 - Paternoster Gang Sonic Devices Revealed

Blue Peter have announced the winners and design of the Patermoster Gang (Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax) Sonic devices, set to appear in the next series of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

Madame Vastra - Sonic Hat Pin
Amber’s winning device for Madame Vastra was a Sonic Hat Pin that works as a remote control for her carriage, but can also turn into a sonic sword that increases in size with the flick of a special switch.

Steven Moffat said: "The Sonic Hat Pin is a glorious idea. It can actually summon her carriage just by plucking it out of her hat, and she can lock it as well. It’s funny, it makes absolute sense and it’s got a little dinosaurs feather in it, which sells it to me."

Jenny Flint - Sonic Gauntlet
Connor designed a Sonic Gauntlet for use by Jenny Flint. His intricate gauntlet design included a tumbler to make locks fall apart, a radioactivity measurer and receiver dish and a watch that shows the conductivity of metal in a lock.

Judge Steven Moffat said that Connor’s design was a multi-purpose toolkit that fits in your arm and can do a whole manner of things: "We love this because it looks really cool; it looks quite steam punk - it looks Victorian, but looks technological at the same time and I can just imagine Jenny Flint when she goes out in the morning needing something like that on her arm."

Strax - Sonic Lorgnette
Arthur’s design was a Sonic Lorgnette - a pair of handheld eyeglasses - for Commander Strax. It includes an x-ray lens for seeing inside people and objects, a thermal lens for detecting people and a sonic light.

Steven Moffat said that this was a beautiful design which was perfect for Strax: "You feel you want to pick it up and hold it, but it’s also about the other side of his life because - of course - Strax is a nurse and this allows him to examine his patients and see what’s wrong with them. I think it will be very funny seeing Strax’s big clumsy hands holding that."

The devices are set to feature in series eight of Doctor Who, which filming will begin for in January before it premieres in Autumn 2014. Doctor Who will, however, return on Christmas Day in The Time of the Doctor - the last to feature Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor - at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.