The Ancillary Power Station
This Power Room contains the Emergency Storage Cells. These quantum-field generators serve as a non-Artron
auxiliary power source if the Eye of Harmony should prove insufficient. The Transpower System charges them whenever a TARDIS is in Normal Space. Minor life support needs, like interior lighting, are usually powered by the auxiliary power source. The emergency lighting system uses red lights. A TARDIS can be put on Emergency Power to prevent it being detected (See Stealth Mode).
Assuming some power is available, using the Architectural Coordinate Selector, specific rooms can be converted into Artron Energy, by collapsing their shells and feeding them into a TARDIS's Mass Converter. If these Emergency Power Units fail, there are also Back-up System of emergency storage cells that can provide limited power.
In the event of a sudden loss of all power, a red light on the console will illuminate. In the Mark X upgrades, emergency life-support masks will drop down in the control room for each crew member. Aside from these masks the only source of air, gravity, heat, and other life-support needs is what "leaks" in from the outside environment. The Block-Transfer equations that make up the interior and exterior of a TARDIS are mathematically stable. Should all power in a TARDIS fail, the interior will remain structurally sound but the flow of time on the interior will slow down relative to the exterior.
The following color code is used:
- Black: For information from the TV Series, including Dimensions in Time, and 1996 TV Movie.
- Blue: For information from the Novels and Audios including Target, Virgin, BCC, and Big Finish.
- Green: For information from 'licensed' reference sources such as the Technical Manual, Doctor Who Magazine, and the Role Playing Games.
- Red: For information from unofficial sources -The Faction Paradox series, behind the scenes interviews, author's speculation, and popular fan belief.
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