TARDIS Technical Index

State of Temporal Grace Circuits

(aka Internal Weapons Deactivation System)

An invader foiled by the state of grace

The official name for this is the Internal Weapons Deactivation System, but many Time Lords refer to it by its nickname, the State of Temporal Grace. When activated, the system can instantly contain and prevent chemical, beam, nuclear, and psionic weapons from penetrating or being used in an aggressive manner inside a TARDIS. Depending on how you look at it, people within a TARDIS's Relative Dimensional Stabilizer field don't exist in the Normal Space anymore. It is this, and its link to the Telepathic Circuits, that allows Temporal Grace circuits to work. It can even prevent Stasers from functioning. The field is unable to affect the Master's Tissue Compression Eliminator because it works on the same principles as the dimensional stabilizers. A TARDIS can even flood its interior with Zero Particles to prevent antimatter reactions. But it should be noted that Zero Particles cause organic cell damage. More advanced Temporal Grace Circuits will even use the telepathic circuits to stop harsh or violent language.

Normally this system only works inside the Control Rooms, but it is possible to reconfigure the TARDIS so that the effect will temporarily extend throughout the TARDIS. Some TARDIS mechanics are capable of configuring the system so it won't effect a particular person but will still limit everyone else.

A TARDIS's Emergency Procedures automatically try to divert any large explosion or energy release into its Eye of Harmony. While it can handle a cold fusion explosion a fission bomb set off inside the TARDIS will destroy the interior. In an extreme emergency the Automatic Defence Mechanisms will set up a temporal bubble around the control room (trapping it in a time loop) to protect the crew. The Weapons Deactivation System requires frequent servicing and will have a tendency to suffer minor failures if this is neglected.

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.
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