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Out of universe, what makes the TARDIS noise?

At least originally, keys scraped on a piano According to the person who made it: On how the Tardis should sound, he said: "I don't know who thought of it, but we came up with the 'rending of ...
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Why did the Daleks try to blow up the TARDIS?

We only know of one instance where the destruction of a Tardis destroyed the universe, specifically in The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang. We know of other instances where Tardises have been ...
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What does a TARDIS start as?

We see the Doctor stealing the TARDIS in "The Name of The Doctor". It basically looks like a big white (silver?) tube with a sliding door. And again in "...
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How much control does the Doctor have over the TARDIS?

It varies. Wildly. The Doctor took a course on how to pilot a TARDIS. He failed. The instruction manual for the TARDIS was flung into a supernova. The TARDIS seats six drivers. The Doctor works ...
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How did the Time Lords put a whole "Star" in a Tardis?

Time and Relative Dimensions In Space - TARDIS We've seen plenty of episodes where the TARDIS is enormous. In fact, the episode The Name of the Doctor gives us a hint that it's not just bigger on the ...
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Out of Universe, how many TARDIS props have been used?

As of 2020, there have been nineteen known full size TARDIS Police Box exterior props. Original 1963 prop. Lamp was replaced in season two. Various refurbishments were made over the years, including ...
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Why was the Silence ship from "The Lodger" abandoned?

The circumstances of the episode imply that it was abandoned in 1969 (or shortly thereafter; emphasis mine): Doctor: You just raised an army against yourself and now, for a thousand generations, you'...
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In which episode of Doctor Who is the Tardis a Red Police Box and is there a significance for it?

You may be thinking of The Happiness Patrol (three Seventh Doctor episodes, Season 25 Serial 2), in which the TARDIS is pink for a while. From the transcript: (The Doctor and Ace return to see the ...
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To what extent were the writers of Bill and Ted's aware of the TARDIS?

Co-writer Chris Matheson claims that neither he, nor co-writer Ed Solomon nor the film's director Stephen Herek (who suggested the phone box) knew anything about Doctor Who. “Rufus was originally ...
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What is the original name for a TARDIS?

From the thedoctorwhowebsite.co.uk page for the TARDIS origins, we see that the vehicle is known as Type 40 Mark | TT Capsule where TT stood for Time travel. It's likely this (or TT Capsule) was its ...
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Why did the Tardis turn red at the end of Turn Left?

It's the Tardis alerting the Doctor to a seriously major problem or emergency. You can hear the Cloister bells ringing. Here's another example from Season3 Ep.13 "the Sound of Drums" Apparently, ...
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What powers the TARDIS?

http://www.whoniverse.net/tardis/tardiseye One of the Hearts of a TARDIS (like Time Lords, a TARDIS has two) is a massive energy collector that is a mathematically constructed copy of the Prime ...
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Does the front door of the TARDIS always open up to the control room?

"Day of the Moon" provides some information on this, but I'm not sure whether it's an argument for or against the possibility: CANTON: She dove off a rooftop. DOCTOR: Don't worry. She does that. ...
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The risk of the TARDIS safeguard

While we've never seen the TARDIS explicitly enter a black hole and return, there is good reason to believe that she's perfectly capable of doing so. 1: The Eye of Harmony Though continuity is a ...
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Is there any TARDIS driving system defined by the creators of the show?

This isn't the video that I referred to in my comment above (which I'm still looking for), but the video linked shows that the production designers wanted the main console to offer the Doctor ...
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Why isn't the Pope being translated?

We don't actually know this is the case. After reviewing the scenes, there's nothing that proves that the people who should normally understand the Pope thanks to telepathic translation, don't ...
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Has there ever been some Doctor Who story in which multiple companions from different Doctors were kidnapped?

This basically happens in "The Five Doctors," the twentieth anniversary show. The First, Second, Third, and Fifth Doctors all make major appearances, along with quite a few companions. Susan, the ...
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What language does the Meta-Crisis Doctor speak?

The Doctor speaks English. He's spent more than enough time in Britain without a TARDIS that he must be fluent in English. It's not surprising really: he's a 1000-year-old Time Lord who spends an ...
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If the chameleon circuit on the TARDIS were fixed, what would happen to calls made to the outside phone?

I believe the calls would get routed to an interior communication system instead. This exterior phone is part of the TARDIS' disguise, after all, so any functionality it may have would logically be ...
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Why didn't the Doctor become a vengeful God when he absorbed the Time Vortex?

The 9th Doctor didn't become a vengeful God because the Time Vortex literally killed him (meaning, the situation wasn't similar to that of Rose; he didn't possess the Time Vortex like Rose did). He ...
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Does the TARDIS translate alien languages if the Doctor is sleeping?

Jo Grant has no problems communicating with the Thals in Planet of the Daleks while the Doctor is unconscious. So the Doctor's state of consciousness doesn't appear to be connected to the translation ...
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How does the TARDIS prevent unauthorized access?

There are any number of systems that prevent unauthorized access to the TARDIS - force fields, defense shields and the like. But most of them, more correctly, are designed prevent access in ways ...
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What dimension is the inside of the Tardis in?

The interior isn't in a "different dimension". It's just bigger on the inside, thanks to Time Lord science -- to wit, dimensional engineering. As the Fourteenth Doctor points out when someone ...
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When is the first time the TARDIS moves by itself (instead of "fading out"/"fading in")

I think the first story in which the Tardis is shown flying in the air was the Second Doctor story Fury from the Deep. This story opens with the Tardis descending through the sky before (crash?) ...
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Why couldn't Clara see future incarnations past the "11th" doctor?

This is my expansion of the claim that the timescar is 11's death. There are two versions of Trenzalore. The version where the Doctor died and the version where he didn't. Likewise there is a ...
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Why isn't the Pope being translated?

This interview with Stephen Moffat will answer your question. Moffat: Well, the scenes just worked better with the Pope speaking Italian and being translated. I did write in the Doctor saying he ...
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Is this Image about the outer dimensions of the TARDIS official?

The measurements are accurate and look as though they are taken from the 2004/2005 plans drawn by Stephen Nicholas for BBC CYMRU WWALES. These plans were on display at the Doctor Who Experience in ...
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What happens if the TARDIS lands on a really sloped hill where it's not flat?

There's a slight discrepancy between the old series and the 2005 reboot in what would happen to the TARDIS's interior if the TARDIS's exterior is tilted. As can be seen in the second episode of ...
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What language does the Meta-Crisis Doctor speak?

Even if you assume that the Doctor couldn't speak English without the Tardis already, the metacrisis is part human. If the Doctor Donna gained enough of his intellect and knowledge to defeat the ...
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Why does the TARDIS spin around?

The TARDIS spinning was a very early and inexpensive special effect. The earliest I recall seeing it was in some Patrick Troughton stories, but it may have dated back earlier, to the Hartnell era. ...
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