There's a new Doctor Who word coming to the dictionary

Susannah Alexander
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From Digital Spy

Doctor Who returned with a bang last night (April 15) for the opener of its tenth modern series, 'The Pilot'.

And the sci-fi series is celebrating another triumph this week, as fellow British classic The Oxford English Dictionary has announced that it's adding 'sonic screwdriver' to its esteemed catalogue of words in the English language.

That kind of recognition would be bound to have the UK-loving Doctor jumping around with excitement.

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Related: Doctor Who series 10, episode 1: 10 HUGE questions and theories after watching 'The Pilot'

Billed by Oxford Dictionaries as "another of Doctor Who's most iconic contributions to science fiction and British culture", the term will be introduced as an add-on to 'sonic' in the Dictionary's revised edition in June.

It will be the fourth term from the show to be included in the dictionary, following 'TARDIS', 'Dalek' and 'Cyberman', which are already recognised words in the book.

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Although the Doctor's tool has been through a huge number of redesigns since it debuted in 1968, it's continued to be a mainstay of the series.

It seems to be able to do anything from open locked doors, detonate mines, intercept transmat beams and act as a medical scanner – and now it's pulled off another incredible feat by being accepted into the hallowed pages of the OED too.

Find out what we thought of "terrific ride" 'The Pilot' in our review of the Series 10 opener.

It was certainly popular with viewers, as ratings remained steady with those of the previous series.

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