TARDIS Technical Index

The Doctor's Type 40 Timeship

The exterior of the Doctor's TARDIS

The Matrix regarded one of the units of Validium to be psychologically deficient at the time of her birth, and blamed this deficiency on the Eternal Wars with the Great Vampires. Despite this, the unit of Validium was used to create the exochronoplasmic shell of a Type 40 Model B TT Capsule that would eventually become the Doctor's TARDIS. Officially this Type 40 was part of the production run of 305 Type 40s. The newly registered Type 40 TARDIS instantly knew that she was superior to the other capsules. The ship became the property of a Time Lord Castellan named Marnal of the House of Oakdown.

Interior of the Doctor's TARDISSeveral millennia later, after Marnal had disappeared, the ship was sent to TARDIS Academy to be granted to another Time Lord. On her first day the Type 40 picked student known as Theta Sigma (later known as the Doctor) from the House of Lungbarrow. The other timeships viewed the Doctor as a lunatic and failed to understand what the Type 40 saw in him. The Doctor's TARDIS quickly developed a reputation among the Time Lords and other Timeships of being a disobedient renegade. After questioning too many instructions the Doctor's Type 40 TARDIS was forbidden to travel until the Time Lord Corps of Engineers could repair it. After a few decades of waiting, the Ship decided to renegade against TARDIS society because of a disagreement she had with the Matrix. Stealing the Doctor and the Hand of Omega, the Type 40 fled Gallifrey. 114 years later, the ship was was captured and exiled to Sol III for 5 years due to its disobedience.

Her freedom was eventually restored and the ship was removed from the official Type 40 register by the Celestial Intervention Agency. As predicted by the Matrix the TARDIS did eventually acquire a name. However she kept her name - 'Sexy' – a secret from everyone, even other Timeships. The Doctor usually refers to her as the Ship or the Tardis. The Type 40 also chooses to hide her more extreme and unique abilities, despite the Matrix of Time's plan for her.

The Doctor's and her exploits became legendary. She was responsible for giving birth to the first 102 Form TARDIS. The Type 40 was even responsible for releasing an alternate version of history that, destroying a paradox, corrupted Gallifrey I at the beginning of the Time War. By the end of the Last Great Time War in Heaven, the Doctor is the sole surviving Time Lord and his TARDIS is the sole surviving Gallifreyan Timeship. Thus far, she has refused to fulfil the Matrix's plan to evolve her into a 100 Form Timeship.

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