TARDIS Technical Index


A TARDIS in flight


Two unexpected observations came to light in the compilation of this Technical Index. First of all, the information revealed about the TARDIS over the decades is amazingly consistent. So much so that, despite my better judgement, I found it hard to accept that various writers hadn't been interested in continuity.

The second is that the TARDIS and its inner workings are truly unique in a way that most other iconic vessels aren't. From its biological conception, to its unmappable interior, to its infinitely alterable shape, the TARDIS is like no other vessel in Science Fiction. Even the most advanced starship looks humdrum and unimaginative next to this magical blue box. Trying to imagine all of this crammed into one battered police box leads one quickly to the realization that her dimensionally transcendental nature extends beyond the "fourth wall." The ideas and concepts are truly bigger on the inside; larger than a simple time machine could possibly contain.

Whatever her exterior appearance, the TARDIS will always remain a pivotal point upon which the Doctor's adventures hinge. A motivator and a facilitator, she serves as the Doctor's only permanent companion and friend.

Color Key

The following color code is used:

  • Black: For information from the TV Series, including Dimensions in Time, and 1996 TV Movie.
  • Blue: For information from the Novels and Audios including Target, Virgin, BCC, and Big Finish.
  • Green: For information from 'licensed' reference sources such as the Technical Manual, Doctor Who Magazine, and the Role Playing Games.
  • Red: For information from unofficial sources -The Faction Paradox series, behind the scenes interviews, author's speculation, and popular fan belief.
  • The TARDIS Technical Index is copyright Will B Swift.

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