TARDIS Technical Index

Service and Check-ups

A TARDIS Console being serviced

TARDISes should receive service every 500 to 1000 years. Most of a TARDIS's exitonic circuitry is accessible behind the roundels in the walls. The roundels will remain lit even when removed. Time Lords that skip this maintenance are likely to experience total system breakdowns and possibly even the destruction of their TARDIS. A TARDIS that is abandoned for over 3,000 years will break down and die from lack of maintenance. For this reason they should receive a check-up and overhaul every 3000 years. It takes about a month to overhaul a TARDIS.

Repairing a TARDISWhen making modifications, it is important to shut down everything, except that which is not necessary to shut down. Operators are warned that some TARDISes gets quite upset when their parts are removed and used in other devices. They tend to hold a grudge about this and operate unpredictably for quite some time after being used as a technology donor.

Color Key

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  • Black: For information from the TV Series, including Dimensions in Time, and 1996 TV Movie.
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  • 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.
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