TARDIS Technical Index

Mark III Console Refit

(The Master's TARDIS: The Time Monster)
(The Doctor's TARDIS: The New Series 1-6)

A Mark III ConsoleA Mark III Time Column
The Mark III refit was considered to be state of the art when the Doctor was around 200 years old. A new experimental Time Column was installed which had a significantly different design from previous or later designs. Like the Mark II the console was extensively labelled An example of a feature unique to this refit is that some emergency situations will trigger the dropping of life-support masks in the control room for each crew member.

A Mark III TransceiverThe Mark III Transceiver was a component of this upgrade. It plugs into the control console and, when switched on, immediately transports a TARDIS to the location of the spatially nearest distress signal. It can also transmit distress calls by a variety of means. With a simple modification this device allows a TARDIS to travel to the source of any other type of transmission signal that the Transceiver has locked on to.

A Mark III Console RoomMany older and obsolete features were withdrawn from this refit, causing some Time Lords to complain that the earlier models were more fully equipped. Like all later refits it has a Primary Control Room with a Desktop Theme that could be changed. However the Mark III was the last refit where the Primary Control Room possessed all the capabilities of the Secondary Control Room. For Mark IV and later TARDIS refits the simplified controls of the Primary Control Room limited access and control to several secondary systems. For these reasons the Mark III remained popular. Even during and after the Time War, some operators could be found using a Mark III configuration.
Diagram of the layout of a Mark III Console
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

  • Master Dematerialization Switches now located on Communications Panel
  • Diagnostic Panel contains and Organic Diagnostic, Bunsen Burner, Microphone, and Water Dispenser.
  • Communications Panel has an Analogue Crosstime Telephone
  • Door Control now found on Mechanical Panel
  • Dimension Scale Control and Dimension Scale Stabilizer are now found on Diagnostic Panel
  • Time Vector Generator located behind one of the roundels in Control Room Number 2

Color Key

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