TARDIS Technical Index

Defence Indefinite Time-Loop Option (DITO)

A TARDIS in an indefinite time loop

When activated by the operator (or the HADS), the Defence Indefinite Time-loop Option (DITO) continually shifts a TARDIS out of its current time cone and into the future (or the past), making it inaccessible. If the system has been pre-set the operator can also trigger the DITO using the TARDIS Key. Depending on the circumstances, the time shift can be from a picosecond all the way up to an entire millisecond. Setting the phase shift beyond this point is not recommended because shifting a TARDIS 1 second out of phase with the universe is very stressful for the TARDIS, causing severe gravity distortions, and the burning out of several systems.

The Time Barrier that DITO creates can be breached by constructing a Time-Bridge. Time Bridges can be constructed by dismantling and using the parts of a TARDIS.

If triggered by the HADS, the DITO will remain in operation until the threat has left the area. The Auto-Systems will then be used to return the TARDIS to its proper time cone, but if the shift is over a millisecond then the Auto-Systems will need a standing wave generated by a binary induction system to home in on.

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