TARDIS Technical Index

Zyton-7

(aka Zeiton-7)

Zeiton-7 mining complex

Zyton-7 is a crystalline mineral that is essential to the operation of a TARDIS's Transpower Systems. The mineral is found naturally only on the planet Varos which is located between the Constellation/Galaxy of Cetes. It can also be synthesized artificially using compressed nitrogen as the base, but the formula is complex. Zyton-7 has the extremely[/ext] rare capability to transform the Eye of Harmony's energy into orbital artron energy. Similarly Zyton 7 also shifts and amplifies an organic mind's artron energy into a form of energy that can have a physical effect on a that being over time. Extensive exposure to this energy will alter a person's morphic field.

Morphic fields are created by the crystallization of history through observation by a conscious mind. The shape and nature of every lifeform in the universe is influenced by the morphic field of that species. The Artron Energy created by a living being creates the morphic field as a sort of collective psionic aura which acts as a species equivalent to an individual's biodata. The longer a particular species has been around the stronger its morphic field. These fields build up over several generations (probably as a side effect of the crystallization of history caused by observation).

Continual exposure to Zyton-7, will alter a being's morphic field, causing its biological nature to change. The subject's own body will begin to metamorphose to reflect their subconscious desires and insecurities. Such manipulation requires a living organic mind capable of adapting to the irrational changes caused by the alterations. Ideas and concepts that are strongly believed in can become real. It is the radical amplification of this effect that allows the conceptual base mutations caused by a Cell Mutator. For this reason, Zyton 7 should be handled with care.

Zyton-7 lines the Transitional Elements allowing them to generate Orbital Energy for Vortex travel. High quality Zeiton 7 allows a TARDIS to boost its 'thrust.' The Orbital Energy's ability to alter morphogenic fields is essential part of TARDIS travel. While a TARDIS's transportation of its crew through time and space is usually described as a "Journey" it is just as accurate to say that a TARDIS actually works by recording is crew's biodata and reprocessing/manipulating their future to take into account a different location in space and time.

A standard supply of Zyton-7 usually lasts for centuries. A TARDIS will need to be recalibrated after new Zyton 7 is installed. This recalibration involves verifying the current space-time coordinates of the TARDIS, and can take if hours if most of the TARDIS systems haven't been maintained. If maintenance is neglected, the transitional elements lose their capacity to generate orbital energy and the TARDIS will stall in the Vortex, possibly trapping the crew forever.

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.

Feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about the site, or any technical problems with it. You may also want to check out our Privacy Policy. There is also an About Us page, if you really want to read one.

Copyright Statement

Doctor Who is both copyrighted and trademarked by the BBC. The rights to various characters, alien races, and other fictional elements from the series are owned by the writers who created them. In particular, the Daleks are owned by the estate of Terry Nation. No infringement of any copyright is intended by any part of this site, which is an unlicensed reference and review site. All credited material on this site is copyright © the named author. All Wiki pages are copyright the site members who edited them. All other material is copyright © Stephen Gray 2004-2014. The whoniverse logo and design were created by Tom Hey (that link is to his band's site). The site was constructed using Drupal. All comments are owned by, and are the sole legal responsibility of, the individual posters. You may not reproduce any material from this site without the permission of the relevant author(s). If you want to use what we've written, ask us and we might just say yes.