TARDIS Information Systems
These easy to access systems include the Information-Banks, Data-Core, Data-Banks, and Memory-Store. The Master Control Console contains an Informational Panel designed to provide access to this information. Once booted up, all of the data can be retreived via an Index File, which is displayed on a computer readout by typing "IF". Further data is recalled using key word searches. All of the data in the Information Systems are stored in Memory Acids controlled by the memory management system. Memory Acids are adaptive, self-repairing, and semi-intelligent. A TARDIS's computer interfaces are compatible with just about any system, including CD ROMs. A TARDIS usually downloads regular updates for the Data-Banks from the Matrix on Gallifrey, but the owner of the TARDIS must pay a fee for this service. Some operators (like the Doctor) save money by purchasing the abridged version (which suffers from several indexing inconsistencies). The Information Systems consist of the following:
These contain the stellar maps and navigation data, which can be used by the operator in conjunction with the Astral Map to set the coordinates.
The Data-Core contains a TARDIS's technical specifications, Operator's Manual, and 18,348 Emergency Procedures. It should be noted that there are no instructions for making Space-Time Jumps.
The Data-Banks contain encyclopedic information on important (from the Time Lords' point of view) planets, phenomenon, time zones and people. After materialization the TARDIS records all of a planet's radio signals and analyses the layout of any local cities. All of this information is filed in the Data-Bank.
This storage space is designated for use by a TARDIS's crew.
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, author's speculation, and popular fan belief.
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