TARDIS Technical Index

Autonomous Control

Some operators who have a very close relationship with their TARDIS have been known to enable Autonomous Control, which allows the ship to select its own Space-Time Coordinates and input them into the Directional Unit. Among other things, it can help ensure that the ship will materialize near what he is looking for (say a missing travelling companion). This is accomplished using the Intuition Circuits. The neural network uses the Astral Map's holographic representation of the Universe to make guesses about where the TARDIS should materialize.

If a TARDIS's options analysis switching loops become clogged with partially rejected parallels the TARDIS will effectively have Autonomous Control regardless of the operator's wishes. This might result in a TARDIS constantly taking the operator to time zones where the Time Lord's skills and abilities are needed most. In some cases a TARDIS has been known to automatically enact an emergency program to reach the timeship's operator. Some operators have even installed a switch to trigger such actions.

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