Control Rooms

TV Movie TARDIS Console

"Well, I must congratulate you. This is really a most splendid machine. I do notice there's been a few changes though?"
"Oh yes, Doctor. In fact this one is fitted with automatic drift control."

-The Doctor and The Monk

A Control Room serves as the bridge or cockpit of a TARDIS. All major functions and almost all minor ones can be monitored and controlled from this room. Dominating every Control Room since the Type 20 TARDIS is a large freestanding Master Control Console that is almost always six sided. The Heisenberg Circuits control a console's form and structure and are quite useful during bicentennial refits. The circuits are even capable of reducing or increasing the total number of panels if desired. Normally the panel with the Main Door Control is the one closest to the Main Doors, but the Console can be set to rotate if the operator would prefer a different orientation. Control panels are numbered clockwise. All Control Consoles are constructed of Pseudometal, and their internal components are held together with Mergin Nuts. The console has voice-interaction circuits that can control, among other things, the Main Doors. Most operators appear to find it quicker to input commands directly into the console. A TARDIS manual can be accessed from the console by pressing a button marked "Manual".

If the Isomorphic Security System has been set, then only the proper Time Lord may use the controls. Parts (or all) of the console can be electrified using the Immobilizer Switch. A large octagonal Power Source hangs above the Master Control Console. This device can be lowered to assist with regenerations by providing Artron Energy to the crewmember. Without this assistance regenerations take much longer and are much more random. In an emergency life-support masks supplied by tubes will drop from the ceiling. There will be one mask for each crewmember.

All TARDISes created after the Type 24 have more then one control room. For safety purposes, the Secondary and Primary Control Rooms are always kept about 2.4 to 4.8 miles away from each other. The Main Door can be shifted from one Control Room to another from any of the console rooms or from the outside using a TARDIS key. In addition to the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Control Rooms there are also several Control Relay Rooms which look like smaller versions of the Secondary Control Room. Given time, a TARDIS can rebuild/grow new Control Rooms to replace one that has been destroyed.

Season 14 TARDIS Console

The Primary Control Room (or Number One Control Room) is designed for standard flights. It contains a more stylized Control Console, which is mostly automated with few advanced options. Indeed many versions lack even a Time Rotor. Like almost all TARDISes created after the Type 19, the Console is a freestanding hexagonal structure, however the aesthetics of the operator often take precedence over functionality. Some aren't even hexagons. Similarly the overall décor of the Primary Control Room is always fashioned to fit the whims of the Time Lord operator.

Season 20 TARDIS Console

The Secondary Control Room (or Number Two Control Room) is a much simpler Block Transfer program than the more aesthetically oriented Primary Control Room. The design of this Control Room is a three-dimensional model of a TARDIS's 4 dimensional Heart, the Eye of Harmony. It has six walls that are about 4.6 meters tall and is about nine meters in diameter. In the center of the room is the Master Control Console. This hexagonal console provides continual data on the Dynamorphic Generators and has many technical capabilities that the Primary Control Room lacks. TARDISes can interface with lower tech devices (such as image translators, radios and cell phones) fairly easily and a large collection of sockets and connectors can be found beneath a hatch on the console. These allow that TARDIS to interface with a variety of devices. Located on the underside of this Control Console are the circuit breakers for all of a TARDIS's major systems and a silver switch that triggers a localized but powerful electromagnetic pulse. The supporting plinth contains a small storage locker.

The Master Control Console can be made to appear outside the TARDIS's Exo-Shell if the operator uses the Architectural Configuration Program to locate the Console outside on the end of a dimensional juncture link. Once configured in this manner the Console can be physically transported independently from the rest of the TARDIS and yet still maintain its link.

Tertiary TARDIS Console

The Tertiary Control Room is found near the center of a TARDIS's interior. It has a smaller Control Console with only four sides and a miniature Time Rotor. Some Tertiary Control rooms have green lighting. This Control Room can generate its on exo-plasmic Shell and split off from the rest a TARDIS. In this form it can serve as a short term escape pod. When launched, it will home in on the "closest" habitable planet. It is also capable of locking onto and returning to its TARDIS if the operator wishes.

Type I Prototype TARDIS Control Room

(Cold Fusion)
Type I TARDIS Console

Mark V Primary Control Room

(Doctor's TARDIS: Season 14)
Mark V TARDIS Console Mark V TARDIS Console Panel View

Mark VIII Primary Control Room

(The Rani's TARDIS)
Mark VIII TARDIS Console

Mark IX Primary Control Room

(Doctor's TARDIS: Human Nature)
Panels 1 and 6 shown
Mark IX TARDIS Console Panel Panel 1: NAVIGATION
Panel 2: ENVIRONMENTAL MONITOR
Panel 3: EXTERIOR MONITOR
Panel 4: POWER MONITOR
Panel 5: ARTRON MAINFRAME
Panel 6: INFORMATIONAL

Mark IXB Primary Control Room

(Doctor's TARDIS: TV Movie)
Panels 1 and 6 shown
Mark IX TARDIS Console Mark IX TARDIS Console Panel Panel 1: NAVIGATION
Panel 2: ENVIRONMENTAL MONITOR
Panel 3: EXTERIOR MONITOR
Panel 4: POWER MONITOR
Panel 5: ARTRON MAINFRAME
Panel 6: INFORMATIONAL

Mark XC Primary Control Room

(9th and 10th Doctor's TARDIS)
Mark XC TARDIS Console Mark XC TARDIS Console Panel

Mark I Secondary Control Room

(Doctor's TARDIS: Seasons 1-7)
Panels 6, 5, and 4 shown
Mark I TARDIS Console Panel 1: ARTRON MAINFRAME
Panel 2: ENVIRONMENTAL
Panel 3: INFORMATIONAL ACCESS
Panel 4: POWER MONITOR
Panel 5: NAVIGATION
Panel 6: EXTERIOR MONITOR

Mark II Secondary Control Room

(The Master's TARDIS: Terror of the Autons - The Sea Devils/The Doctor's TARDIS : Seasons 8-11)
Panels 5 and 4 shown
Mark II TARDIS Console Panel 1: ARTRON MAINFRAME
Panel 2: ENVIRONMENTAL
Panel 3: INFORMATIONAL ACCESS
Panel 4: POWER MONITOR
Panel 5: NAVIGATION
Panel 6: EXTERIOR MONITOR

On the Mark II Console panel #3 is the Radiation detector panel.


Mark III Secondary Control Room

(The Master's TARDIS: The Time Monster)
Panels 6 and 5 shown
Mark III TARDIS Console Panel 1: ARTRON MAINFRAME
Panel 2: ENVIRONMENTAL
Panel 3: INFORMATIONAL ACCESS
Panel 4: POWER MONITOR
Panel 5: NAVIGATION
Panel 6: EXTERIOR MONITOR

Mark IV Secondary Control Room

(The Monk's TARDIS)
Panels 5, 4, 3, and 2 shown
Mark IV TARDIS Console Panel 1: ARTRON MAINFRAME
Panel 2: ENVIRONMENTAL
Panel 3: INFORMATIONAL ACCESS
Panel 4: POWER MONITOR
Panel 5: NAVIGATION
Panel 6: EXTERIOR MONITOR

Mark V Secondary Control Room

(The Doctor's TARDIS: Season 13)
Panels 4 and 3 shown
Mark V TARDIS Console Panel 1: ARTRON MAINFRAME
Panel 2: ENVIRONMENTAL
Panel 3: INFORMATIONAL ACCESS
Panel 4: POWER MONITOR
Panel 5: NAVIGATION
Panel 6: EXTERIOR MONITOR

Mark VI Secondary Control Room

(The Doctor's TARDIS: Seasons 15-20)
Panels 1, 6 and 3 shown
Mark VI TARDIS Console Panel 1: INFORMATIONAL ACCESS
Panel 2: EXTERIOR MONITOR
Panel 3: ENVIRONMENTAL MONITOR
Panel 4: NAVIGATION
Panel 5: ARTRON MAINFRAME
Panel 6: POWER MONITOR

NOTE: Station #1 of the TARDIS console contains the Library Computer.


Mark IX Secondary Control Console

(The Doctor's TARDIS: Seasons 20-26 / The Master's TARDIS: Planet of Fire, Trial of a Time Lord)
Panels 2, 1, and 6 shown
Mark IX TARDIS Console Panel 1: NAVIGATION
Panel 2: EXTERIOR MONITOR
Panel 3: ARTRON MAINFRAME
Panel 4: INFORMATIONAL
Panel 5: ENVIRONMENTAL MONITOR
Panel 6: POWER MONITOR

Tertiary Console Room and Mark IX Console Room pictures courtesy of Daryl Joyce

Color Key

The following color code is used:

Copyright Will B Swift

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