TARDIS Technical Index

Secondary Control Room

A secondary control room

The Secondary Control Room (or Number Two Control Room) is a much simpler Block Transfer program than the more aesthetically oriented Primary Control Room. Since it is designed to function as something of a Safe Mode, the Secondary Control Room, desktop theme can't be altered from default. The casing of this Control Console is constructed of Pseudometal and only minor modifications can be made to its décor. The console can only be altered by upgrading to a higher Mark number. For Mark IV and later TARDIS refits the simplified controls of the Primary Control Room give limited access and control to several secondary[/unoff systems. The extra functionality resulted in many operators preferring Control Room Number two to the Primary one and viewing the Primary Control as being secondary. Some operators even chose to revert to a Mark III refit to avoid this problem (see Refits and Upgrades). Number two Control Room has six walls that are about 4.6 meters tall and is about nine meters in diameter. There is a large wall locker located to the left of the Main Doors. In the centre of the room is the Master Control Console. This hexagonal console has many technical capabilities that the Primary Control Room lacks. Located on the underside of this Control Console are the circuit breakers for all of a TARDIS's major systems and a silver switch that triggers a localized but powerful electromagnetic pulse. The supporting plinth contains a small storage locker.

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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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