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Time And Relative Dimensions In Space - The TARDIS is a time machine and spacecraft in the science fiction television show Doctor Who and its associated spin-offs, often noted for its interior being substantially larger than its exterior. Use with the [doctor-who] tag

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What happens when a TARDIS falls over onto its door side? [duplicate]

So you're in the TARDIS in a car park, and for some reason the TARDIS falls over and lands door side down. You are not a Time Lord, so you can't just press the "right yourself" button (if there even ...
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Does the TARDIS translate alien languages if the Doctor is sleeping?

In The Christmas Invasion, the Sycorax language cannot initially be understood. At around the same time as the Doctor wakes up, they appear to begin speaking English. Does this mean that the TARDIS ...
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Was the Silence ship an early attempt to kill the Doctor?

In season six's "Day of the Moon", the Doctor et al. show up to rescue Flesh Amy from the Silence after she is kidnapped from the orphanage. When they step out of the Tardis, the Doctor calls our ...
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Was the Silence ship in “The Lodger” the exact same ship?

In season six's "Day of the Moon", the Doctor et al. show up to rescue Flesh Amy from the Silence after she is kidnapped from the orphanage. When they step out of the Tardis, the Doctor calls our ...
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Why was the Silence ship from “The Lodger” abandoned?

There are a number of things still unanswered from the Silence storyline. Large questions as well as throwaway statements suggesting some connection with a detail from a previous episode that never ...
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Out of Universe, how many TARDIS props have been used?

Out of Universe: I was having a chat conversation recently regarding the TARDIS from the Doctor Who television series. I became curious as to how many TARDIS props were created for the television ...
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Why did the Daleks try to blow up the TARDIS? [duplicate]

While watching Doctor Who, I found something that troubled me. The Daleks attempted to blow up the TARDIS; but the last time we saw the TARDIS explode it took the entire universe with it. There was ...
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TARDIS/Translation/Animals [duplicate]

In the episode "A Town Called Mercy" (S07E03 of reboot), the Doctor clearly understands the language of horses. 1) This is the first time in my recollection he is shown to speak with animals. Is ...
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What powers the TARDIS?

I've been rewatching Doctor Who and I recently discovered something that has confused me about the TARDIS. In the classic and new Doctor Who, the Eye of Harmony is stated to be a limitless power ...
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Why did the Tardis turn red at the end of Turn Left?

At the end of Turn Left, when the Doctor finds out about Bad Wolf, he runs back to the Tardis. The interior has turned completely red. I know the out-of-universe ...
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Why did the TARDIS act up?

In Doctor Who S10E9, after the TARDIS has delivered the Doctor to a place where the Doctor needs to be to solve problems and prevent bigger problems, the TARDIS suddenly decides to do a bad thing. ...
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Is this Image about the outer dimensions of the TARDIS official?

I recently got a T-Shirt with the following print: Now i am wondering if these are official measurements which were/are used by the BBC to build the TARDIS or if they are estimates. I already ...
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Why isn't the Pope being translated?

In the episode Extremis, the Pope shows up and is speaking his native language (naturally). However, his words are not being translated by the Tardis. Why is this?
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How old is the TARDIS, and what is its history?

We know from New Who that the TARDIS was a "museum piece" when the Doctor stole (erm, I mean "borrowed") her, which suggests that she may predate the Doctor himself. But are there any canonical ...
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What is the original name for a TARDIS?

It is my understanding that the acronym "TARDIS" was coined very early on in Doctor Who by the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan, giving a name to the wondrous vessel they travel in. These vehicles were ...
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Why didn't the Doctor become a vengeful God when he absorbed the Time Vortex?

In season 1 episode 13 of the rebooted Doctor Who, The Parting of the Ways, Rose Tyler looks into the Heart of the Tardis and... This makes her effectively a Goddess, with the power to transcend ...
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How does the TARDIS know where to place objects it lands on inside?

The Doctor’s TARDIS is small on the outside. When it lands on someone or something, how does it know exactly where to place them on the inside? Why doesn't it, for instance, place what it lands on at ...
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How are the inner and outer doors of the original series TARDIS connected?

In the 2005 revival, we see that the doors of the TARDIS are consistent from inside to outside (from the inside, they look like you'd expect them to in a real police box). But the original series ...
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How faithful is the “Hell Bent” TARDIS console room to the original?

In the episode "Hell Bent", we see the interior of a TARDIS which looks a lot like the original as it was from the very beginning of the series through much of its pre-2005/Eccleston run - its "...
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If the chameleon circuit on the TARDIS were fixed, what would happen to calls made to the outside phone?

The TARDIS has been stuck as a Police Call Box for almost the entirety of the show's history due to a broken chameleon circuit. In this form, it has a police telephone on the outside, which the ...
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Is there any TARDIS driving system defined by the creators of the show?

In Doctor Who (I only saw the new series) we can often see Doctor do some strange moves with all the buttons, levers and screens. The only thing that is certain to me is that the big main lever is ...
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Why doesn't the Doctor summon the TARDIS more?

Specifically used as a plot device in the TV Christmas Special "The Time of The Doctor", the Doctor's key to his TARDIS is shown to have the ability to summon the TARDIS to his location and ...
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The risk of the TARDIS safeguard

In the Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned" (Tenth Doctor), The Doctor explains the TARDIS is programmed to lock onto the nearest centre of gravity when it's adrift (in this case, Earth). That's ...
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What language does the Meta-Crisis Doctor speak?

What language does the Meta-Crisis Doctor speak in the parallel universe, considering he does not have the Tardis around him? How did he learn English?
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Why does the TARDIS spin around?

Why does the TARDIS spin during flight? I'm looking for both in and out-of-universe explanations? Has it always spun like that? If not, when did the spinning start? Also, I haven't seen series 9 yet, ...
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How did the Weeping Angels get the TARDIS key?

How did the Weeping Angels in the Doctor Who episode "Blink" get the key to the TARDIS in the first place?
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What would it look like if you cut the tardis in half?

If you cut the tardis in half from top to bottom or left to right would you still be able to look inside it? Like from the outside? would it still work? would it destroy the universe? Assuming you ...
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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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What's the range of the TARDIS universal translator?

The TARDIS has a universal translator, which accounts for his companions being able to speak to and understand those using foreign or truly alien languages. This effect was played up in the episode A ...
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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 Doctor'...
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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't ...
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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 TARDIS get ...
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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 ...