Type 90 War TARDIS
With several predictions of a coming Time War with an unknown enemy, the Lord President set the Solar Workshops to trying to creating the first truly military TARDIS. One of the reasons the Time Lords never created a proper War TARDIS before was that they didn't want to give destructive capabilities to the incomprehensible intelligence that is a TARDIS sentience. Though it was technically possible (and occasionally tried) most Time Lords found the idea of mounting weapons on a Pre-War TARDIS laughable. Such timeships were deliberately designed to minimize their impact in any time zone. For these reason it took 2 million years before TARDISes were accepted by the Time Lords as viable weapons in a Time War. With the War looming in the imminent future, the Time Lords realized that many temporal powers, such as the Daleks, viewed their exploratory TARDISes as weapons.
While the Time Lords had already begun work on the Form 100 Project the initial results of the Form 101 were not promising. With only 18 years left to go till the Time War began, work began to create the first proper War TARDIS, the Type 90. The finest Elite Technician in the Kasterborous Quadrant, Nivet of the House Military was instrumental in the force-engineering of these new timeships.
Like earlier Models of TARDIS, a War TARDIS has a minimal awareness of humanoid life and is probably powered by black holes. Unlike previous TARDIS designs, War TARDISes have their symbiotically bonded pilot physically installed inside their guidance systems. The pilot would remain neurally linked to the capsules for centuries, with each regeneration welding them into the structure. This use of specially breed pilots allowed the TARDIS to carry to large numbers of Regen-Inf troops into battle without having to risk a Lord of Time.
The Type 90 is equipped with the latest in Mark X technology. One of the new innovations is an enhancement of the architectural configuration program. Its interior can transcendentally reconfigure itself instantly to meet with the needs of its crew. This allows the travellers to quickly access any room in the TARDIS without extensive use of service tunnels. Another new innovation is an improved ability to partially regenerate damaged systems and seal hull breaches.
Their default appearance is a massive brass coloured sphere. When engaged in military operations on the surface of planets, they often assume the appearance of cathedrals. However, when stealth is required, a War TARDIS is quite effective. The Type 90 can conceal itself by embedding itself into local culture - making it very hard to notice. Using a variation of Voice Integrator technology, the TARDIS can manipulate the subconscious of the natives of the current time zone so that the Time Lord and his companions will be accepted by everyone they meet as being part of this world. This doesn't prevent the locals from perceiving the crew as a threat or an enemy. But it makes if very unlikely that anyone will believe that the crew is from completely outside their sociological system. This can cause undesired complications if the Time Lord should decide to tell the natives the truth. Should the War TARDIS somehow be breached, it can create insubstantial perceptual illusions to defend against internal threats. If a TARDIS is destroyed while in stealth mode, then it will release a cultural shock wave that will be felt by everyone on the planet.
These new TARDISes are equipped with Chaotic Limiters, which adjust the crew's affect on History by changing their reality quotient. The Limiter is set for lower settings for scouting missions and higher settings for assaults. It is possible, using the Chaotic Limiter, that a TARDIS could effectively render its crew invisible and possibly even immune to Gravity. It should be noted that, for most of the Time War, the Time Lords suspected that the enemy timeships were capable of much higher reality quotient settings then their War TARDISes were. This put the Time Lords at a significant disadvantage during assaults.
The Type 90 is the first TARDIS to have a Tribophysical Waveform Macrokinetic Extrapolator based Force-Field. When connected to the massive dimensional energy of the Heart of the TARDIS, the Extrapolator generates a powerful force-field that can deflect many of the temporal weapons used by the Daleks in the Time War. It can even be used to prevent the TARDIS from being drawn in by the field created by excessive amounts of huon particles. Not only can it deflect energy, it can also enhance the transducer power cells allowing the TARDIS to lock onto a target and drain its energy. This enhancement can also be used to speed up the refuelling of a TARDIS's Heart when power from the Prime Eye of Harmony is unavailable. With an Extrapolator based force-field, no known Human (or Post-Human) weapon can destroy a War era TARDIS.
By re-ordering the block-transfer equations that make up their structure the Type 90 is capable of causing severe damage to the continuum. But this model of War TARDIS has no precision weapons of any sort. Instead, the Type 90 is primarily used to blockade the arrival or departure of enemy timeships. Using their mathematical mass, they can prevent all exit or penetration of the Vortex over a large area of space-time. They also possess powerful tractors that can pull a TARDIS out of the Vortex if it tries to dematerialize. They are likely to be equipped with Klypstromic Warheads which, when detonated, irradiate the local area of the Space-Time Vortex - making travel difficult, if not impossible by blocking any TARDIS's entry into the Vortex for a span of 5 million years.
The War Timeships were organized into Fleets of at least 1,000 ships. Each fleet is subdivided into Centuries of 100 War TARDISes. With
less than two decades to design and test a prototype the first century of Type 90s weren't deployed until days before the Time War began. These ships were positioned in time zones near the world of Drornid and participated in the first battle of the Time War.
- First true War TARDIS
- Designed by Elite Military Technician Nivet
- The symbiotically bonded pilot is physically installed inside the guidance systems
- Automatic Architectural Configuration Program
- Enhanced self-repair mode
- Default appearance is a massive brass coloured sphere
- Can conceal itself by embedding itself into local culture
- Equipped with a Chaotic Limiter
- First to have Tribophysical Waveform Macrokinetic Extrapolator based Force-Field.
- Primarily used to blockade the arrival or departure of enemy timeships.
- Likely to be equipped with Klypstromic Warheads
- Organized into Fleets of at least 1,000 ships and subdivided into Centuries of 100.
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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