These are used by a TARDIS when in Self-Repair Mode (also known as Regeneration Mode) to "regenerate" and repair itself when damaged. The process relies on nano-technology similar to a Time Lord's regenerative biogenic molecules. The Molecular Stabilizers undertake a regeneration cycle that repairs its systems on a molecular level. This form of circuitry regeneration is one of the Time Lord's most advanced techniques. The Molecular Stabilizers can even be used to accelerate the circuit regeneration of technology other then a TARDIS if it is linked through a frequency modulator. If the TARDIS is severely damaged the self-repair circuits might require so much power that the Scanner will not operate.
For their own safety, crew members should remain outside their TARDIS while it is self-repair mode. For this reason the Control Room is deprived of oxygen during self-repair. Though TARDIS scar tissue bears a strong resemblance to mercury, the Molecular Stabilizers cannot manufacture some raw elements such as Mercury or Zyton-7.
Given time, a TARDIS can rebuild/grow new Control Rooms (if one is destroyed or jettisoned). Indeed, even if a TARDIS suffers enough damage to reduce it to a 1 inch cube the stabilizer will still be able to re-grow itself. For more on this see TARDIS Cloning.
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.