The TARDIS is a time machine and spacecraft in the British science fiction television show Doctor Who and its associated spin-offs, often noted for its interior being substantially larger than its exterior

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What is the TARDIS' true weight?

This question I have is similar to How much does the Doctor's TARDIS weigh from the outside? but different because I am wondering what its true weight is. Is there anything in Doctor Who that hints ...
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Has The Doctor always had shaky driving skills, or has he become a better driver in his 12/13th incarnation?

In the 2005 version of the series, the 9th, 10th & 11th Doctor have been seen to fly the TARDIS in a rather haphazard manner. They're always bumping around inside the console room, heavily shaking ...
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Did the Doctor know that he couldn't regenerate during the events of 'Lets Kill Hitler'?

Having been poisoned by River Song the Doctor enters the TARDIS and has a discussion with the voice interface, while attempting to find ways to survive, The Doctor asks if he should regenerate, to ...
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What would happen if the Doctor looked into the heart of the Tardis?

Why doesn’t the Doctor look into the heart of the Tardis like Rose Tyler did? Would he be able to live? Would it kill him completely or would it just kill one regeneration? Would he get god-like ...
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How Does The TARDIS Not Get Noticed?

A friend asked me last night, if the TARDIS is meant to disguise itself but it broke, how do people not notice a big blue phone box appearing out of nowhere? In the episode with Van Gogh the TARDIS ...
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What is this Canadian Doctor Who audio all about? Is the CBC really picking it up in January [closed]

Does anyone know about the rumour floating around about Doctor Who Dark Journey heading to the CBC in 2015? I know they co-produced series 1 in 2005.
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Why does the TARDIS console room change?

In several episodes, you see that the TARDIS has a new console. Why doesn’t it just fix the old console instead of building a new one?
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Did Time Lords invent the TARDIS?

At the risk of sounding philosophical which came first the timelord or TARDIS? In the show it is stated that TARDISes grew, it was also stated that it takes thousands of years to grow. Is there canon ...
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Why can’t the Doctor’s companions understand babies and horses? [duplicate]

The Doctor claimed to speak both horse and baby. The reason human companions can understand every language is because the TARDIS translates. So why can't anyone else understand babies and horses?
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Is the chameleon circuit attached to the chameleon arch?

In The Family of Blood, the Doctor uses the chameleon arch to turn himself human. It is a cloak to hide his Timelord self from the family. The circuit is what makes the TARDIS the blue box. My ...
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How does the Tardis translate back?

Ok, we know that the TARDIS does the translation work for the Doctor and his companion, so they can understand what other aliens say. It does that basically by using telepathy. But how does it ...
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When does the 11th Doctor find a glowing tree in the TARDIS?

In an episode, the Doctor finds a glowing tree in his TARDIS. What episode is this?
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Where does the Doctor take the TARDIS to get it repaired?

Where does the Doctor take the TARDIS to get it repaired? Like in the episode "The Eleventh Hour". He can't go to Gallifrey as it is Timelocked. He can't go to the past as technology isn't ...
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How did the First and Second Doctor make it to Gallifrey?

Back in the old days, the TARDIS was defective. When you travelled in it, you never knew where and when you'd end up. It was only during the Third's tenure that it became possible to navigate it with ...
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Why do the Silence and the Doctor team up at the end of “The Time of the Doctor”?

At the beginning of the episode, the Silence didn't want the Doctor to speak his name (like all of the other aliens in the sky). So why did they help get rid of those aliens (particularly the Daleks) ...
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The origin and use of the term TARDIS

In the first serial, "An Unearthly Child", Susan Foreman claims, "I made up the name TARDIS from the initials, Time And Relative Dimension In Space." In "The Name of the Doctor", the guard watching ...
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Why does the Doctor drive a car when he can take the Tardis?

In the Angels take Manhattan The doctor, River and Amy, all jump in a car to save Rory. In the The Snowmen he uses the Tardis to rescue Clara from the snow and then bring her back into the house. I ...
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Effect of the Tenth Doctor’s regeneration on the TARDIS

Why was the TARDIS heavily damaged when the Tenth Doctor regenerated, but when the Ninth Doctor regenerated, there was no visible effect? Is it a writing error, or just done for plot-based reasons?
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What was the point in the Silence trying to kill the Doctor when Clara saves him anyway?

The Silence set out to kill the doctor to prevent him from ever answering his name on the Trenzalore, as something bad would obviously quite happen there, hence the phrase 'Silence will Fall'. ...
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Why couldn't Clara see future incarnations past the “11th” doctor?

From episode 239 "The Name of the Doctor" Inside The Doctor's grave, we are shown a beam of light which is said to be "the scar tissue" of his journey through time. The Doctor describes the light ...
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How many people can the TARDIS transport?

The interior of a TARDIS is much larger than its exterior, but how many occupants can it transport?
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Why does the Tardis hate Clara?

As far as we know, the Tardis has never had problems with any other companion of the Doctor. So why does she hate Clara so much? Note: I'm using the feminine form for the Tardis, because in my mind ...
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Why was the Tardis in a museum?

According to wikipedia, the Doctor took the Tardis from a museum. The Doctor's TARDIS was for most of the series' history said to have been stolen from the Time Lords' home planet, Gallifrey, ...
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Does the Doctor choose where the TARDIS goes or does the TARDIS?

It seems like the Doctor ends up in places that need him most. Does the Doctor choose where the TARDIS goes or does the TARDIS itself? He can "see" the timeline (not sure of the details on that) but ...
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Maximum Number of People that have been in the TARDIS at once?

What is the maximum number of people that have been inside the TARDIS at once? Is it in the David Tennant series 4 episodes "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End", when all "The Children of Time" have ...
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How can the Tardis speak to Clara in “Hide”?

In "Hide", a hologram of Clara appears as the Tardis speaks to her - but at the end of "The Doctor's Wife", Idris (essentially possessed by the Tardis at this point) says that she (the Tardis) would ...
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How fast does the TARDIS accelerate time between itself and Earth?

I recently started watching Doctor Who (onto season 3) and noticed that the first time Rose traveled in the TARDIS and returned to her present timeline it had been about a month since she left. The ...
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What is the relationship between the Time Vortex and the Heart of the TARDIS?

In the episode, The Parting of Ways, Rose seemingly absorbs the heart of the TARDIS and the Doctor tells her that she looked into the Time Vortex and that nobody is meant to see that. So at this ...
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Has the Doctor ever snapped his fingers to open the TARDIS since early series 5?

When The Doctor first meet with River Song, she pretended he could open the TARDIS by snapping his fingers : [...] But not "my" Doctor. Now my Doctor, I've seen whole armies turn and run away. ...
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How can other time lords, post time-war, drive/fly a TARDIS?

Two parts allow time lords to fly through time and space, in TARDII (?): When a Gallifreyan was granted the rank of Junior Time Lord in the Time Lord Academy, they received their symbiotic nuclei. ...
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How are the doctor and his tardis connected?

I was listening to some Chameleon Circuit, and I noticed this line: I'm linked to the Doctor symbiotically Got his imprint on my Briode Nebuliser And I looked it up, this is what tardis.wikia ...
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Could the TARDIS stop a Weeping Angel?

A Weeping Angel freezes if it is observed, due to quantum shenanigans. The TARDIS is alive, and is I think, aware of the inhabitants of... herself. If an Angel entered the TARDIS, is it resonable to ...
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What would happen if you portalled the TARDIS inside itself?

The TARDIS is one of the few fictional objects that could contain themselves. Firstly, because "it's bigger on the inside" but secondly because the TARDIS has some means of sustaining paradoxes (which ...
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Does the front door of the TARDIS always open up to the control room?

In all of the episodes of Doctor Who that I've seen the TARDIS' front door opens up to the control room. However, it would seem that given the TARDIS' capabilities it would be possible for the door to ...
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What happens to the people inside when the TARDIS is tilted?

If the TARDIS is turned upside down or is laid horizontally, what happens to the contents - including people? Does the TARDIS up / down orientation change? Or does it have an artificial gravity so ...
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Is it the TARDIS that allows the Doctor to speak baby?

In Closing Time The Doctor shows off the fact that he can 'speak baby' with Stormaggedon. In previous episodes we see that the TARDIS lets anyone who's been in it can speak as though they've got a ...
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Was the episode “The Doctor's Wife” (S06E04) canonical?

In the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife" (season 6, episode 4), written by guest writer Neil Gaiman, the character 'House' places the TARDIS matrix in the body of a human woman, which allows the ...
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Build or Grow a TARDIS?

In the deleted scene where the 10th Doctor leaves Rose and the Human-Doctor on the alternate universe, the Doctor gives the meta-crisis Doctor a piece of the TARDIS to grow a new one. BUT In The ...
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Is There a Limit to Timelord “Bigger on the Inside” Technology?

In a previous question about the side of the TARDIS interior no actual answer to the size of the interior of the TARDIS could be found. And at the Battle of Canary Wharf we see the Genesis Ark as ...
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What happened to the Coral TARDIS template?

In the beginning of Matt Smith's tenure of being the Doctor you see David Tennant's "Coral" templated TARDIS control room getting, basically, blown up and destroyed. Therefore the Doctor has to wait ...
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Has the TARDIS's chameleon circuit always been broken?

The Doctor's TARDIS is stuck as a police box. Has that always been so? Specifically: has it had that shape right from the start has it appeared as a police box in every episode?
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How much does the Doctor's TARDIS weigh from the outside?

Lady Romana is quoted as saying a TARDIS weights 5x10^6 kilograms, but I've also read that she was mistaken in this or that she was referring to the inside. The Doctor's TARDIS has been moved a ...
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How big is the interior of the TARDIS?

Do we have any idea how big the interior of the TARDIS is? Is it even a fixed size, since it was recently renewed?
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In what way is the 11th Doctor's TARDIS new?

In the 11th Doctor episode The Big Bang, the Doctor sets up the ending by telling Amy: A daft old man who stole a magic box and ran away. Did I ever tell you that I stole it? Well, I borrowed it. ...
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Where's the extra TARDIS?

The following question is about the S6E1 episode of Doctor Who, The Impossible Astronaut, where we see a character for a few minutes.
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Has the TARDIS been in cloaked-mode before?

In season 6 episode 1, The Impossible Astronaut, The Doctor cloaks the TARDIS, rendering its external appearance invisible. Is this the first time the TARDIS has shown this capability?