TARDIS Technical Index

Pause Control

(aka Time Rotor Hand Brake)

Pause control

Before the Master Dematerialization Switch is engaged, the TARDIS can be put in Pause-Control mode. In this mode the TARDIS will refrain from dematerialization even after the switch is engaged. Dematerialization will proceed automatically as soon as the Pause-Control is cancelled The control can be cancelled by using the console to switch it off, or by inserting the TARDIS Key into the Locking Mechanism for 20 seconds.

If used during Vortex Flight it will suspend the TARDIS in Time and Space until released. Normally it is impossible to alter the coordinates once the ship has activated the Spatial Drive, but for Capsules using the Mark VII (or later) refits, the Pause Control and Emergency Dematerialization Switch can be used to temporarily deviate to a different time zone. This might occur during and Automatic Emergency Landing. A pause period will have to be set before the TARDIS can be diverted. Once the pause period has expired the TARDIS will automatically depart for the original destination.

If a TARDIS is trapped in mid-materialization for too long, the chronometric particles being released from the event horizon will cause the TARDIS to "bleed to death." However a Type 70 Model A TARDIS has an improved Pause Control that can freeze a TARDIS in mid-rematerialization for up to 2 microspans.

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