TARDIS Technical Index

Mark VIII Console Refit

(The Doctor's TARDIS : Season 20)
A Mark VIII ConsoleA Mark VIII Recall Circuit

Like the Mark VII, the Mark VIII TARDIS Refit featured only cosmetic changes to the controls at each station. The only significant addition was the pentagonal Recall Indicator on the Exterior Monitor Panel, which would illuminate when the TARDIS was under remote control.

Diagram of a Mark VIII Console layout
Panel 1: Fabrication & Information Systems

Panel 2: Helm & Dematerialization Systems

Panel 3: Mechanical & Master Control

Panel 4: Navigation

Panel 5: Diagnostic & Internal Ship Systems

Panel 6: Communications & Exterior Monitor

Console Layout Notes

  • Panels numbered counter clockwise
  • Fabrication Panel equipped with a Fabrication Dispenser with a Sump Flush
  • Fabrication Panel 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
  • Gallifrey Recall Indicator light on Communications 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.
  • The TARDIS Technical Index is copyright Will B Swift.

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