Zyton-7 is a crystalline mineral that is essential to the operation of a TARDIS's Transpower Systems. The mineral is found naturally only on the planet Varos which is located between the Constellation/Galaxy of Cetes. It can also be synthesized artificially using compressed nitrogen as the base, but the formula is complex. Zyton-7 has the extremely[/ext] rare capability to transform the Eye of Harmony's energy into orbital artron energy. Similarly Zyton 7 also shifts and amplifies an organic mind's artron energy into a form of energy that can have a physical effect on a that being over time. Extensive exposure to this energy will alter a person's morphic field.
Morphic fields are created by the crystallization of history through observation by a conscious mind. The shape and nature of every lifeform in the universe is influenced by the morphic field of that species. The Artron Energy created by a living being creates the morphic field as a sort of collective psionic aura which acts as a species equivalent to an individual's biodata. The longer a particular species has been around the stronger its morphic field. These fields build up over several generations (probably as a side effect of the crystallization of history caused by observation).
Continual exposure to Zyton-7, will alter a being's morphic field, causing its biological nature to change. The subject's own body will begin to metamorphose to reflect their subconscious desires and insecurities. Such manipulation requires a living organic mind capable of adapting to the irrational changes caused by the alterations. Ideas and concepts that are strongly believed in can become real. It is the radical amplification of this effect that allows the conceptual base mutations caused by a Cell Mutator. For this reason, Zyton 7 should be handled with care.
Zyton-7 lines the Transitional Elements allowing them to generate Orbital Energy for Vortex travel. High quality Zeiton 7 allows a TARDIS to boost its 'thrust.' The Orbital Energy's ability to alter morphogenic fields is essential part of TARDIS travel. While a TARDIS's transportation of its crew through time and space is usually described as a "Journey" it is just as accurate to say that a TARDIS actually works by recording is crew's biodata and reprocessing/manipulating their future to take into account a different location in space and time.
A standard supply of Zyton-7 usually lasts for centuries. A TARDIS will need to be recalibrated after new Zyton 7 is installed. This recalibration involves verifying the current space-time coordinates of the TARDIS, and can take if hours if most of the TARDIS systems haven't been maintained. If maintenance is neglected, the transitional elements lose their capacity to generate orbital energy and the TARDIS will stall in the Vortex, possibly trapping the crew forever.
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- 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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