TARDIS Technical Index

Emergency Dematerialization Switch

If this switch is thrown, a TARDIS will dematerialize immediately. It will then wait in Limbo until the Epsilon Coordinates are input and the Transit Switch is thrown. Emergency Dematerializations bypass the Multi-Loop Stabilizer, resulting in "rougher" and noisier landings. They can also cause the lights to go out and might burn out the visual stabilizer circuit.

It is possible, but difficult, to alter a TARDIS's time curve (aka Wormhole) – and thus its temporal destination - whilst in the Vortex. This is done using first the Pause Control and then Emergency Dematerialization Switch during a programmed flight. This allows new coordinates to be input into the Directional Unit and thus change course. A pause period will have to be set before the TARDIS can be diverted. Once the pause period has expired the TARDIS will automatically depart for the original destination.

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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