TARDIS Technical Index

Types of TARDIS

Plaque detailing the type of a TARDIS

Once the Protyon Units have generated the necessary interior and exterior shell the Capsule is considered to be a fully operational Time And Relative Dimension In Space (TARDIS) ship. Some capsules (which have received upgrades) have the word dimension pluralized to dimensions. This is because the TARDIS now has acquired extra internal dimensions within it is standard multidimensional nature. The pluralization could refer to the addition of a micro-universe within the pre-existing micro-universe. The word "Tardis" means Time-Ship, however the plural of TARDIS is still debated by Time Lords.

Each TARDIS has a plaque located in the Switch Room that says:

Time and Relative Dimension in Space
Build Site: Gallifrey Black hole Shipyard
Type ## Build Date: ####
Authorized for use by qualified Time Lords only
By the Shadow Proclamation
Misuse or Theft of any TARDIS
will result in extreme penalties and possible exile

A numerical Type designates each model of TARDIS. Every TARDIS that is constructed follows the specifications of its specific "Type." For example the Doctor usually operates a Type 40 TARDIS. Higher Type numbers indicated later model TARDISes. The Type number is fixed. For example the Doctor's TARDIS is still a Type 40 TARDIS despite the numerous upgrades and modifications it has received over the years. If a TARDIS Type is particularly successful, then over 300 of that Type might be created. The Type 89 TARDIS is the most advanced non-military TARDIS yet created. Military TARDISes are known to go up to Type 94.

The fully sentient and interactive TARDISes created during the Time War are some times called Type 100s (Type 101, 105, etc...) but are more properly referred to a Form 101 or Form 103 etc... The Form 105 was the most advanced TARDIS known to exist during the Time War. For full details on the various of Models of TARDIS that were created by the Time Lords see Chapter 9]

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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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