TARDIS Technical Index

Mark I Console Refit

(Doctor's TARDIS: Seasons 1-7, Season 14)
A Mark I Console

The Mark I refit was the first template that could be easily installed on older models of TARDIS. The Type 31 was the first TARDIS to carry the Mark I refit, but it was retro-actively implemented on several older types of TARDIS.[/ttv] The Mark I refit effectively upgraded older capsules to the point where they had the capabilities and features of a stock Type 40.

A Mark I Primary Console RoomThe Mark I did contain one feature unique to this refit, the Automatic Defence Network. This is an optional extra built into Mark I TARDISes. When active it connects the Banshee Circuits to the Time Scanner and attempts to predicted when the situation outside a TARDIS is dangerous. When such an environment is detected the Network will use the various TARDIS systems, (often the scanner) to alert the crew and persuade them to go elsewhere. Like all later refits it has a Primary Control Room with a Desk Top Theme that could be changed.

By current standards, the Mark I console has several deficiencies and limitations. The has Stabilizers are exceedingly primitive. Force Barriers are not standard equipment for Mark I TT Capsules. Similarly, the Time Path Detector is not available in Mark I refits. Many operators constructed and install their own force field generators and Time Path Indicators.

Diagram of Mark I console layout
Panel 1: Communications & Exterior Monitor

Panel 2: Mechanical & Master Control

Panel 3: Fabrication & Information Systems

Panel 4: Diagnostic & Internal Ship Systems

Panel 5: Navigation

Panel 6: Helm & Dematerialization Systems

Console Layout Notes

  • Equipped with more then one Control Room
  • Equipped with a hexagonal free-standing Master Control Console
  • Panels now numbered counter clockwise.
  • Dematerialization Switch found on Diagnostic panel
  • Scanner Switch found on Helm Panel
  • Time Vector Generator located behind one of the roundels in Control Room Number 2

Color Key

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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