TARDIS Technical Index

Transpower System

The Transpower system

The artron energy from the Eye of Harmony travels from the Cloister Room up the shaft of the Time Sceptre, and enters the Transpower System. The system is lined with the transitional element Zyton-7 which processes the rift energy collected by the copy Eye to generate the Artron Orbital Energy.

This processed energy is routed through the Secondary Control Console's 2LO Energy Distributor Circuit (see illustration) and is stored in the TARDIS's other Heart (aka Main Space-Time Element) located in the Console. From here the Transpower System uses the internal power regulator and artronic resonators to monitor, reroute, and distribute this energy to the rest of the ship. The residue of the energy used by the Transpower System are vented into the Artron By-Product Waste Shaft.

Power Stacks RoomThe Power Stacks Room contains the power gauges and Power Response Display Dials that show the distribution of power by the Transpower System. Among other things, these dials show engine frequency (in cycles per second), engine temperature, and Time Rotor speed. In addition to these other devices, an artron energy capacitors is kept in the power room behind ruby coloured windows. If the TARDIS is properly configured then its symbiotically linked Time Lord can serve as medium to transmit vast amounts of artron energy. Such an action will likely kill the Time Lord.

Transpower system controlsThe Transpower System is usually controlled and monitored with the 5 Booster Switches and the Power Response Display Dials in the Control Room. The most important of these is the main power switch. There are also several filter switches that can be engaged to reduce the risk of overloads.

The power used by the Dynamorphic Generators during Vortex travel should not exceed 1000 omegas. Otherwise a TARDIS will begin draining the Ancillary Power Systems and possibly vaporize the mercury in the fluid links. The amount of power necessary to enter and travel through time is dependent on the size of the object being transported. A full sized TARDIS requires a steady output of several hundredomegas to travel in the Vortex, but if only the console is flying a mere 500 watts is sufficient. If the TARDIS diverts all power to its drive systems it will be unable to activate is defence mechanisms. It would then be possible for intruders to breach the main doors.

Magnetic fields cause fluctuations in Artron energy. Strong telepathic signals may interfere with the flow of Artron Energy within a TARDIS and cause all sorts of malfunctions. Attack by a massively powerful telepathic force can cause the Relative Continuum Stabilizer to fail. Failure of the 2LO Circuit will not only prevent travel but stop a TARDIS's lighting, heating, and food dispenser from working. A red light indicates failure of main power.

Note: all numbers in bold in the following tables are within 30% of being "canon".

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