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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How much control does the Doctor have over the TARDIS?

How much control does the Doctor have over the TARDIS? In countless episodes it is portrayed as having a mind of its own, and not always doing exactly what the Doctor wants it to do.
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Out of universe, what makes the TARDIS noise?

The noise made by the TARDIS in Doctor Who has been the same ever since its very first trip way back in 1963: In-universe, it's the wheezing of the time rotor, ...
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If the TARDIS is infinite, doesn’t that mean it contains everything? [closed]

If the TARDIS is infinite, then wouldn't that mean that it contains every single possible outcome of any event in ALL of space and time? Including an infinite amount of planets, solar systems, Daleks, ...
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Was the Doctor’s TARDIS inside Clara’s?

So, in the final episode of series 9, the Doctor is without his TARDIS, it having been left in London during a previous episode. Not mentioning the beautiful art that Rigsy did to his TARDIS, (which ...
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Where does The Doctor get a (new) TARDIS? [closed]

Remember when The Doctor got a brand new TARDIS? Where does he get them from? Aren't almost all the Time Lords dead? Who else (except maybe the Daleks or the tiny people inside robots) would build a ...
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How can Ashildr pilot a TARDIS?

Ashildr pilot a TARDIS But, except for short or emergency flights, normally with the presence of the Doctor alongside, no human (River Song isn't pure human) would have been able to pilot the ...
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How can the TARDIS be late?

I was reading this question about the Doctor Who episode "The Time of the Doctor", and I had a case of Fridge Logic trope. How can a time machine be late ? In this case it took the TARDIS 300 ...
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When did Doctor Who explain how the chameleon circuit works?

I have no idea when or where, but I seem to recall the Doctor saying at some point that the TARDIS’s chameleon circuit is not broken—on landing, it scans the surroundings, determines a suitable form ...
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Could there be a TARDIS within a tardis? [duplicate]

Suppose you took a TARDIS and flew it through the door of another, larger TARDIS. Because both are larger on the inside, is there any logical reason you couldn't store an entire universe-worth of ...
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Wasn’t this planet already back before The Magician's Apprentice?

In The Magician's Apprentice, it is said that Skaro was destroyed or time locked and brought back. So how can the Matt Smith Doctor be there on Skaro in Asylum of the Daleks? [Planet surface] ...
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Why doesn't the Doctor go back to Gallifrey before the Time War?

According to How did Clara end up on Gallifrey?, it’s just the Time War that is time locked. So why does Eccelston's Doctor tell Rose: My whole planet is gone. My people, my family, all gone. Don'...
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Before the Flood: How did the Doctor get the TARDIS back to him at the end of the episode?

In the Doctor Who episode "Before the Flood", We also see that At the end of the episode, All this taken together seems like a loose end that was not tied up in the episode. How did the ...
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How could the regeneration effect have changed over time?

(When I say change, I mean in-universe, not because of editing and the time in which it was produced.) For example, the 3rd Doctor's regeneration was a simple fade, and look at regenerations now, ...
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Why did the Titanic damage the TARDIS?

In the Doctor Who Christmas Special (2007) the TARDIS crashes into the Titanic and a hole appears in the TARDIS but then the TARDIS eases off and the hole instantly repairs itself. In a lot of ...
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Which exploding Tardis exploded in what explosion?

In the Doctor Who episode Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS the Tardis is exploding. Is this connected to the exploding Tardis in the series 5 episodes The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang? I know ...
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When do phone calls to the TARDIS come through?

Throughout series 8 of Doctor Who, we see phone calls from Danny to Clara while she's travelling with the Doctor in the TARDIS. Now it's clear that when the TARDIS has stopped at somewhere reasonably (...
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How does the Doctor exit the TARDIS? [closed]

How does the Doctor exit the TARDIS? Is there an exit door? What does it look like? How do you open it?
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In which episode does the tenth Doctor fly through the Time Vortex using only his sonic screwdriver?

I’m looking for a Doctor Who story, I only hope these kind of questions are allowed here. If I recall correctly, the tenth Doctor once travelled through the Time Vortex without the Tardis, using only ...
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During the Time War why didn't the Daleks blow up at least one TARDIS while in the Time Vortex?

From the Cracks in time and space story arc it's known that if a TARDIS is blown up (possibly while in the Time Vortex) it rips creation itself apart. Also, from the Stolen Earth / Journey's End we ...
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Could a TARDIS exterior have transparent glass?

Since a TARDIS is "bigger on the inside", windows pose an issue. How does one look inside of something that is bigger inside? With a properly functioning chameleon circuit, the exterior of the ...
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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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What do these TARDIS controls do?

In a special episode of Doctor Who, viewers were able to pilot TARDIS across time and space... using their remote control. Viewers needed to follow instructions from The Doctor to press the right ...
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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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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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What’s the maximum number of people that have been in the TARDIS at once? [duplicate]

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. (...