(a.k.a. Power Room #6, Central Cortex Element)
Even the simplest TARDIS needs to be intelligent just to keep itself whole. For this reason, TARDISes are alive and semi-sentient. The Protyon Unit serves as the Central Cortex Element and functions as the "brain" and "soul" of a TARDIS. The Protyon Unit is located near the Cloister Room and is made up of morphologically unstable living organic matter that takes the form of a massive room filled with billions of organic eyes that wink on and off in binary. Organic matter is used because only an organic mind can process Block-Transfer Mathematics. The matter needs to be morphologically unstable to adapt to complex needs of a TARDIS. Some of the few races that can create this type of matter are the Time Lords, Axos, and possibly the Nestenes. Dangerous Hadron Power Lines are used to supply power to block-transfer generators.
The Protyon Unit is made up of a matrix of single-cell binary activators. Each Bit has very limited decision making powers based on the input it receives, however together the Protyon Unit has a mental capacity far beyond the human brain. It works on principles similar to the Matrix on Gallifrey and consists of a nonlinear series of time-frames, which serve as neural pathways. As such it has casual probabilities instead of thoughts. A properly maintained TARDIS doesn't have emotions. A TARDIS will voluntarily "talk" to other TARDISes, given the opportunity. However, as a four-dimensional life form, a TARDIS is incapable of all but the most rudimentary three-dimensional thought processes. Its understanding of Time Lord thought processes is extremely limited (as are the Time Lord's understanding of a TARDIS).
This organic computer processes the Block-Transfer Equations from a TARDIS's Grey-Prints. A TARDIS, and almost everything inside, is generated by these equations. The Protyon Unit keeps in constant communication with all parts of a TARDIS using Artron transmissions and the interior is constantly being reformed and remodelled. Any object the crew brings into a TARDIS will be replaced with a block-transfer duplicate if left alone long enough. Since it is now part of the TARDIS, this matter can be manipulated and deleted by the TARDIS. Matter created by a TARDIS using block transfer has enhanced temporal properties and are resistant to being retro-annulled. This also makes it immune to the normal Vortex energies. A TARDIS can manufacture any substance in practically unlimited quantities. A fully functional TARDIS can create any type of currency including gold (but probably not mercury or Zyton-7). Some (but not all) Gallifreyan technology is made of non-atomic matter. A fully functional TARDIS is prohibited from creating mathematically modelled life-forms. However it is possible, and once created such life-forms can be reconfigured into other "species." Temporal Orbits can even be used to fold time allowing any object or objects to be constructed - apparently - instantaneously. (For more information see Block Transfer Mathematics.)
The Protyon Unit is connected to the Matrix via the Telepathic Circuits. If a Time Lord has the Key of Rassilon, they can interface their TARDIS with the Matrix's thought space. The Protyon Unit is protected by warning messages and Teleplasmic Minefields. It should be noted that the TARDIS's Protyon Unit is vulnerable to high temperatures (over 40 degrees Celsius). When the internal environment's temperature rises beyond a TARDIS's engineering tolerances, then the automatic controls will be disabled. Venting the Thermo-Buffer can be used to cool the interior of a TARDIS when the environment is unstable.
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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