TARDIS Technical Index

Time-Path Detector

(aka Time-Curve Indicator)

Time Path Detector

The Time Path Detector is found only in the Secondary Control Room. The Time Path Detector uses the Interstitial Antenna to collect data from the Vortex. With the aid of the Vector Tracker, the Time Path Detector can scan the time curve (aka wormhole) and track the position and course of other "nearby" Time Travel Capsules in the Vortex via their disturbances. It can also be used to track and follow other objects and vessels travelling in the same time track. (aka wormhole) It does not provide enough information to identify the type of timeship detected but can be used to predict the destination and ETA of the timeship. A quick transference jump can sometimes be used to lose anyone tracking a TARDIS.

The detector can allow the operator to detect the cross-tracing of another time ship on the timespace axis. If this occurs an emergency rematerialization can prevent the other timeships wash from destroying the TARDIS. Using this display as a guide, a TARDIS can be safely "pulled alongside" another Time Ship in its time curve. This will cause the Vortex shields of the two ships to begin jamming each other and eventually the sub-neutron circuits of one (or both) ships shields will fail.

The Time Path Detector is not available in Mark I TARDISes and other Vintage Capsules, but many operators construct and install their own. The Indicator can be removed from the console and used as a portable "alarm" to detect approaching Time Travel Capsules.

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