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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 does a TARDIS start as?

The Doctor's TARDIS is always its iconic blue police box - but this is not standard; it is due to its chameleon circuit (the thing that is meant to change its appearance to camouflage into its ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. And ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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