TARDIS Technical Index


(aka Medical Bay)

The Sickbay has been part of every TARDIS's inventory since the Type 21. In a Type 40 TARDIS it can be found by leaving the control room, going up the stairs and taking the next two lefts. It contains the Advanced Diagnostic Terminal (ADT). This device consists of overhead medical scanners for studying the patient, extensive data files on advanced medical techniques, and three separate computers to ensure reliability. It is capable of providing excellent medical advice and instruction for almost any type or infirmity for Gallifreyans and Time Lords. The ADT can be programmed by a qualified medical expert to provide service for other races. The holographic projector can display a humanoid image for the medical bay's Advanced Diagnostic Terminal when configured for voice interface mode. The image presented is usually that of the operator Time Lord but, upon request, the TARDIS can use the memory store to find other avatars. This avatar can appear in the Control Room as well as the Sickbay.

The beneficial environment of the TARDIS can help in prevent wounded people from passing out. Gallifreyan Medical Science has devices that can heal skin wounds a few inches across in under half an hour. Bruises and cuts from a major brawl can be healed in 15 minutes. Minor skin damage can be fixed in seconds. Though the Zero Room can heal many types of wounds, the Sick Bay contains a Surgery room with an operating theatre Within this theatre is a blue Surgical Containment Web for life threatening injuries. Once the patient is placed inside the Web the lasers cut away any damaged flesh and remove any foreign objects or implants. Organic polymers are then used to replace missing flesh, while granites enable the reconstruction of body tissue. Fingernails can be re-grown easily. And severed limbs can be reattached. Whilst the polymers can re-grow missing limbs in Gallifreyans, they can not re-grow lost hands or limbs on humans because their technology isn't advanced enough. This is one of the few medical problems Gallifreyan science hasn't solved yet.

The TARDIS contains instruments for measuring Artron irradiation (useful for verifying if the subject has travelled through the Vortex). The Sick Bay is also equipped with a Quarantine Bay and the Cell Regeneration Vault. The Cell Regeneration Vault is a coffin-like cabinet that uses a low-power matter transmitter with a discriminating filter at either end to absorb
almost all types of radiation from its patient (including Icaron Radiation).
The treatment causes the subject to feel a burning sensation. It can take days to heal a severally irradiated person. The Cell Regeneration Vault is found on Type 66 and later TARDISes.

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