Questions tagged [tardis]

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. Always use in conjunction with the [doctor-who] tag.

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What caused the TARDIS to be empty in Father's Day?

In the episode, Father's Day reapers appear due to Rose causing a paradox. "The Doctor walks back to the TARDIS, he senses that something is wrong. When he gets back to the TARDIS and unlocks it with ...
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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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Is Captain Jack Harkness connected to the TARDIS in any way due to Rose using TARDIS powers to resurrect him?

Is Captain Jack Harkness connected to The Doctor's TARDIS? When Rose saved Captain Jack in "Bad Wolf" she used the powers of the TARDIS to give him near infinite resurrection. Is he connected to the ...
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What colour pink was used for the Seventh Doctor's TARDIS in the episode “The Happiness Patrol”

I have searched everywhere on the Internet that I could look and Google and many other websites list every colour blue the TARDIS has been: For example the TARDIS blue was known as Pantone 295C in ...
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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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To what extent were the writers of Bill and Ted's aware of the TARDIS?

I mean, they're both time traveling phone booths.... Doctor Who obviously predates Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, but was also possibly quite obscure for Americans pre-Internet.
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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 are the TARDIS's security features regarding transmats/teleports?

Inspired by this question here, I began to wonder how the TARDIS protects itself from hostiles simply teleporting themselves aboard, or enemies teleporting the Doctor and their companion(s) out of the ...
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Has there ever been some Doctor Who story in which multiple companions from different Doctors were kidnapped?

I mean have there ever been some book, audio, comic storyline, or even tv episode, that we are greeted with The Doctor, and he must go save his previous companions from regenerations past. This isn’t ...
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How many nasties does the Doctor keep in the TARDIS?

Fair warning - Lots of old spoilers in this narrative In the rebirthed Doctor Who, S03E02 “The Shakespeare Code“, the Doctor and William Shakespeare manage to trap the three witch-like Carrionites in ...
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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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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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What dimension is the inside of the Tardis in?

Is there a name for the dimension in which the Tardis' console room and its corridors and rooms reside? Is it ever named in the TV show, comics or any other media?
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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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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 did the Time Lords put a whole “Star” in a Tardis?

How did the Time Lords put a whole "Star" in a Tardis? Do they have some kind of galaxy shrinking technology or what do they use?
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Does the TARDIS contain Time Lord regeneration energy?

Does the TARDIS contain Time Lord regeneration energy? In the Doctor Who episode Badwolf, Rose Tyler looks into the heart of the TARDIS and its inside was a similar yellow colour (as seen in this ...
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If the Doctor were to open the TARDIS under water in the ocean, what would happen?

I've always wondered what would happen, and have asked my friends a few times, but without a satisfying response.
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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 does the TARDIS prevent unauthorized access?

It has often been mentioned on second-hand sources that the TARDIS can block unauthorized individuals (basically anyone that the Doctor or the TARDIS itself doesn't want inside) from entering it. What ...
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In which episode of Doctor Who is the Tardis a Red Police Box and is there a significance for it?

I have seen a few pictures of a Red Police Box in the Doctor Who sites, but there are no particulars as to its significance. Can anyone help me out? I am trying to write a fiction based on the Red ...
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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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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 never ...
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What would happen if you portalled the TARDIS inside itself? [closed]

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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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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What happens if the TARDIS lands on a really sloped hill where it's not flat?

What happens if the TARDIS (or any of the other Time Lords' TARDISes) lands on a really sloped hill where it's not flat? Would it stay upright or would it fall over?
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What was the name of the planet which was referred to as “House” in the “The Doctors Wife”? (SE06EP04)

Hands down one of my favorite episodes, if not THE favorite of all time, I am trying to figure out what the name of the planet 'House' was from. I name all of my devices after Whovian planetary ...
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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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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 accurate is this fanfic's explanation of the TARDIS and the Time Lords to actual canon information?

The fanfic chapter in question if from "Of Gods and Mortals" by Matthew Regent. The passage I am wondering about is as follows: "HEY!" yelled someone. I jerked back as a series of crashes landed on ...
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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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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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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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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. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...