Science fiction's goofiest gadgets and technology

A preview of what gizmos won't be appearing in future editions of tech magazine columns

Dr. Who has always been a goldmine for cheesy gadgets, but this particular device might be the show's finest effort. Known as the "timey-wimey" detector, this machine seems to consist of a tape recorder, a telephone, an alarm clock and a lunchbox. According to the good Doctor himself, it is used to detect "temporal anomalies." Also, it apparently "goes ding when there's stuff" and is very good at boiling eggs. Anyway, I'm sure this thing has its uses, but it's still not as cool as the Sonic Screwdriver.

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