TARDIS Technical Index

Mark V Console Refit

(The Doctor's TARDIS : Seasons 12-13)
A Mark V ConsoleA Mark V Time Column
The Mark V Refit was significant in that it was the first time the layout of the individual controls was significantly changed. The panels still broke down into the usual 6 stations but only the internal ship systems panel retained its basic configuration. For the first time, no matter which desktop theme was used, the Information Systems Panel had a computer readout screen to display data without resorting to the scanner screen. In addition to a change in layout the panels were now numbered counter-clockwise. Like the Mark I console, this new layout of each of the 6 stations would remain approximately the same for the next several refits. This new layout caused some confusion with operators who had been trained on veteran and vintage vehicles.
Diagram of Mark V Console Layout
Panel 1: Fabrication & Information Systems

Panel 2: Navigation

Panel 3: Mechanical & Master Control

Panel 4: Communications & Exterior Monitor

Panel 5: Helm & Dematerialization Systems

Panel 6: Diagnostic & Internal Ship Systems

(Pictures from www.themindrobber.co.uk)

Console Layout Notes

  • Completely new configuration for each panel when compared to earlier versions
  • Panels now numbered counter clockwise
  • Fabrication Panel equipped with a Fabrication Dispenser with a Sump Flush
  • Fabrication Panel now equipped with a computer readout screen
  • Auxiliary readouts for communications, sensors, and repair diagnostics now found on Fabrication Panel
  • Read-Out Displays for Stabilizing Planes moved to Navigation Panel]
  • Telepathic Circuits moved to Helm Panel
  • Auxiliary Power Control moved to Helm Panel
  • Main Power Bus Levers moved to Helm Panel
  • Diagnostic Panel contains and Organic Diagnostic, Bunsen Burner, Microphone, and Water Dispenser
  • Door Switch moved to Diagnostic Panel
  • Scanner Control moved to Diagnostic Panel
  • Chameleon Circuit Controls moved to Diagnostic Panel
  • Scanner Switch moved to Mechanical Panel
  • Read-Out Displays for Radiation moved to Communications Panel
  • Communications Panel has an Analogue Crosstime Telephone
  • The Time Vector Generator can be found on the underside of the console
  • Had more limited options for the Primary Control Room, in comparison to Console 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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