TARDIS Technical Index

Food Dispenser Room

(aka Rest Room)

Food Machine

This room serves as a recreational lounge for crew members while in flight. It has couches, books, tables, games and contains the Food Machine. This machine dispenses traditional Gallifreyan food (i.e. tablets, pills, wafers, and white bars) on paper plates. Liquids are produced in self-sealing bags, plastic bulbs, or wax paper cups. All beverages except water appear as a light orange liquid. The Food Machine can produce alcohol. If given a small sample the Food Machine is capable of replicating the flavour and texture of any type of food, but the appearance and colour is limited to standard preprogrammed designs. A TARDIS will ensure that all life-forms travelling with it will get food and water. If necessary the Food Machine will use its wheels to roam around the interior of a TARDIS looking for people who are hungry. The TARDIS has devices that will alter the metabolism of its travellers so they won't gain too much weight if they overeat.

The capacity of the Food Machine is immense, able to last hundreds of years without the need for restocking. Even then, given time, a TARDIS can use block transfer to restock its food supplies. It has been described as holding 4 bazillion recipes.

While there is a small kitchen annex attached to the Rest Room most operators prefer the large kitchen with stasis preserver refrigerators that can keep food fresh forever. This refrigerator uses the TARDIS Fabricator to restock itself. In a Type 40 TARDIS this kitchen usually ends up being located very far from the Control Room.

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