I'm watching "Assignment: Earth", the second season finale to the original Star Trek. This episode featured a mysterious character named Gary Seven (played by Robert Lansing), who was trained by mysterious aliens to be a sort of benevolent Super Spy who worked to protect humanity from various disasters, aided by his assistant Roberta (played by the then-unknown Teri Garr). The episode was intended to be a "backdoor pilot" for a spin-off show that featured the continuing adventures of Gary Seven and Roberta, which was never picked up by the networks.
After coming into conflict with the Enterprise crew early in the episode, Seven is briefly held captive in the ship's brig, whereupon he produces from his pocket a slender silver object, disguised originally as a pen, but then expands to reveal a flared head and various sci-fi bits, which he then uses to escape his cell and knock out the guard.
And damn if that item doesn't look a HELL of a lot like a Sonic Screwdriver.
A few quick wikipedia searches show that this episode of Trek and the episode of Doctor Who where the Sonic Screwdriver first showed up aired within two weeks of each other — Doctor Who on Mar. 16, 1968, and then Assignment Earth on March 29, 1968. So you can't really claim that one inspired or was copied by the other, as both episodes were likely already "in the can" well before their air dates.
So… Star Trek had a mysterious character who used a sonic, traveled through exceptionally long distances (and possibly time), and was sponsored by a race of benevolent aliens who wanted to keep Earth safe from the ravages of historical disasters, with a technology so far beyond even Star Trek's that they could keep their entire civilization hidden and teleport people over a distance of at least 1000 light years. Also, said character also had a knack for attracting companions, such as Roberta and his mysteriously intelligent (and possibly shapeshifting) cat Isis.
I'm frankly AMAZED that someone hasn't written Trek/Doctor Who crossover fanfic based around this!
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