Page ii Copyright Will B Swift
That is the dematerializing control, and that over yonder is the horizontal hold, up there is the scanner, those arethe doors, and that is a chair with a panda on it. Sheer poetry, dear boy. Now please stop bothering me.
"-The DoctorIn 1983
The Doctor Who Technical Manual
by Mark Harris was published. This was the first piece of
merchandise to fall into my 10-year-old hands. Itopened up the world of "Who" to me. The chapter titled"Who is the Doctor?" answered many questions I hadabout the time traveler who had graced my screen for a little over a year. I immediately set aboutconstructing my own TARDIS console out of a large sheet of Styrofoam and several brokentypewriters. This interest in the "science" of science fiction eventually led me to a Bachelor'sDegree in Physics.Despite the cancellation of the TV series, my interest in the Doctor and his traveling machinecontinued to thrive and grow. I now have what is quite possibly the largest collection of DoctorWho merchandise in all of Fairbanks, Alaska. And while I appreciated the enormous amount of effort that had been spent to document and catalog every aspect of the Doctor's life (both onscreen, in print, and on CD), I realized that the Doctor's most stalwart and constant companionhad been neglected - the being upon which the series' entire premise rested, that is, the TARDIS.It is for this reason that I have attempted to analyze the TARDIS as if it were a real phenomenon.I do this not to provide a definitive vision of the TARDIS but to showcase the amazing amount of creativity and inspiration that went into a simple police box. It is my hope that this site will servenot as a continuity straight jacket but as a springboard for more creative and unique ideas in theworld of
.In this Index I attempted, to the best of my abilities and resources, to catalog all the major andminor systems that have been "revealed" to us over the last 30 plus years. Resources include theTV series, novels (Target, Virgin, and BBC) and the audio dramas. I realize that "canon" can be atouchy issue to some fans, and I would like to assure you that if I inadvertently left out yourfavorite TARDIS gadget or capability, it was not because I did not consider it worth of inclusionbut simply because I lacked access to the complete range of Who sources. To maximize usabilityI've designated each source with a different font colors. (seeColor Key). The reader is then freeto ignore the sources he doesn't agree with if he so desires.Above all, as you investigate this text keep in mind the many people whose hard work andingenuity are responsible for these ideas and concepts. They pushed the TARDIS beyond a policebox and beyond a simple time machine and into the realm of uniqueness.