Dimensional Collapse occurs when a TARDIS's internal dimensions collapse in on themselves and the Exo-Plasmic Shell suffers isomorphic mass-degeneration. Internal Dimensional Collapse can occur when a TARDIS experiences a severe trauma (such as the death of its operator) or because of the removal of the Time Vector Generator. When the damage is repaired, a TARDIS will draw power from the Prime Eye of Harmony on Gallifrey and use it to re-grow. The internal configurations will probably be scrambled and redecorated. Without the Prime Eye of Harmony, it will take about a century to re-grow itself using only the Artron Energy of its operator. A TARDIS will need to be in close contact with a Time Lord during that time. For more information on this re-growth see the entry on TARDIS Cloning. A TARDIS will "die" if it remains in Dimensional Collapse for more than a few decades.
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.
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