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Tardis

In one unique iteration, the Doctor's TARDIS featured a console room composed entirely of pieces from various other TARDIS consoles. This console room, rather than having a traditional central console, was a compact space where controls were dispersed across the walls and ceiling. The Fifth Doctor speculated that this particular TARDIS was a "remembered TARDIS", a sentiment echoed by the Seventh Doctor, who referred to it as a "memory TARDIS". An iteration of this TARDIS was brought to life by Ruby Sunday through a time window and was utilised by Ruby, the Fifteenth Doctor and Melanie Bush to fight Sutekh after the god hijacked the real TARDIS.

History[]

Origins[]

The Sixth Doctor described the remembered TARDIS as housing the stories he and his companions shared, like "ripples on an eternal pond [that were] forever moving [and] forever repeating", (TV: Vengeance on Varos [+]Phil Ford, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) with the Seventh Doctor adding that the memory TARDIS was "a special place where old friends [could] come together to share stories, to remember and to confront difficult truths." (TV: The Curse of Fenric [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) Tegan Jovanka hypothesised that the TARDIS was a chance for TARDIS travellers to sit down and think about the ramifications of their adventures, with the Fifth Doctor agreeing that it provided therapy. (TV: Earthshock [+]Russell T Davies, 2023.) Zoe Heriot believed that the TARDIS was responsible for undoing the Time Lords' erasure of her and Jamie McCrimmon's memories. (TV: The Mind Robber [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS tales of the tardis, episode 2 (BBC iPlayer, 2023).)

How the TARDIS operated was a mystery, such as how the visitors managed to arrive; while Tegan and the Fifth Doctor implied that they appeared in the TARDIS after falling asleep, (TV: Earthshock [+]Russell T Davies, 2023.) Ace remarked that she had been taken from a business meeting when she appeared in the TARDIS. (TV: The Curse of Fenric [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) When Peri Brown appeared before the Sixth Doctor, who had been relaxing with a book in the TARDIS, a distinct sound was heard, indicating she had been teleported in, (TV: Vengeance on Varos [+]Phil Ford, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) with the same sound being heard when Clyde Langer left. (TV: The Three Doctors [+]Phil Ford, Tales of the TARDIS tales of the tardis (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) While some remained to use the TARDIS as a standard ship, (TV: Vengeance on Varos [+]Phil Ford, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023)., The Curse of Fenric [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) Zoe believed staying in the TARDIS to be a temporary affair, (TV: The Mind Robber [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS tales of the tardis, episode 2 (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) with Jo Jones implying that the occupants had a measure of control on when they could leave. (TV: The Three Doctors [+]Phil Ford, Tales of the TARDIS tales of the tardis (BBC iPlayer, 2023).)

The incarnations of the Doctor that arrived in the TARDIS were also older looking, (TV: Earthshock [+]Russell T Davies, 2023., Vengeance on Varos [+]Phil Ford, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023)., The Curse of Fenric [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) with the Seventh Doctor cryptically saying was due to the time streams being "all a matter of perspective", implying, though not explicitly stating, that the Doctors come from alternate timelines in which they did not have to regenerate. (TV: The Curse of Fenric [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).)

Battling Sutekh[]

While Ruby Sunday was using UNIT's time window to find her mother's identity, the remembered TARDIS from Christmas Eve, 2004 manifested. As the time window was linked to Ruby and feeding off of her memories, the Fifteenth Doctor had Ruby focus on all of her memories of the TARDIS, causing the Memory TARDIS to fully materialize, remembering itself as it did so. The Doctor identified it to his companions as a remembered TARDIS, stating that it was "bits and pieces of every TARDIS that ever was. Held together by hopes, and wishes, and luck." Although it was a rough ride, the Doctor, Ruby and Melanie Bush managed to use the memory TARDIS to escape as Earth and the universe were destroyed by Sutekh.

After the time window directed them to 2046 to solve the mystery of Ruby's mother's identity, the Doctor used the last of the memory TARDIS' power to take them there with the TARDIS providing the Doctor with a whistle and intelligent rope to use against Sutekh. The Doctor kissed the memory TARDIS' doors before leaving and thanked it. (TV: Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Craving stories[]

Appearance[]

The exterior of the TARDIS resembled a police box, with the same coloring as that of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth's TARDIS exterior.

The TARDIS interior features a cluttered collection of various other TARDIS control consoles, such as a segment of the console first used by the First Doctor, a segment of the console first used by the Fifth Doctor, the metal girders from the Eighth Doctor's console room, a segment of the War Doctor's console, some coral "roundels" from the console first used by the Ninth Doctor, a segment of the Twelfth Doctor's console, some hexagonal "roundels" from the Thirteenth Doctor's console room, the console first used by Third Doctor resting on the ceiling, and a segment of the Eleventh Doctor's first console (TV: Earthshock [+]Russell T Davies, 2023.) with a drawer that housed the Eleventh Doctor's sonic screwdriver, the Second Doctor's sonic screwdriver, the Twelfth Doctor's second sonic screwdriver, the Third Doctor's sonic screwdriver, the Thirteenth Doctor's sonic screwdriver and the Seventh Doctor's sonic screwdriver. (TV: The Three Doctors [+]Phil Ford, Tales of the TARDIS tales of the tardis (BBC iPlayer, 2023)., Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) When stories were told, a miniature version of the Thirteenth Doctor's console rested on the floor between chairs, resembling a campfire, as the stories were played on a black and white 4:3 television. (TV: Earthshock [+]Russell T Davies, 2023.)

Amongst the clutter in the TARDIS included a fez, a hobby horse, the helmet of Sanctuary Base 6 space suit, an "Out of Order" sign (TV: The War Machines), Adric's badge, (TV: Earthshock [+]Russell T Davies, 2023.) Amelia Pond's homemade "Raggedy Man" dolls, the Fourth Doctor's yo-yo, the Seventh Doctor's spoons, the 2Dis, a jukebox, a Weapons-grade Cyberman's head, Brendan's clock, a Clockwork Droid mask, the WHO 1 licence plate, the Second Doctor's recorder, (TV: The Mind Robber [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS tales of the tardis, episode 2 (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) a globe, (TV: Vengeance on Varos [+]Phil Ford, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) a guitar, Sarah Jane Smith's stuffed owl plush, a Verron puzzle box, (TV: The Three Doctors [+]Phil Ford, Tales of the TARDIS tales of the tardis (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) the First Doctor's pocket watch, a Viking helmet, the dimensional control of the Monk's TARDIS, (TV: The Time Meddler [+]Phil Ford, Tales of the TARDIS tales of the tardis (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) a series of TARDIS keys, River Song's red heel shoes, The History of the Time War book, a Red Kang flag, the Moment, the Seventh Doctor's panama hat, Ace's Wanted poster from Terra Alpha, (TV: The Curse of Fenric [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) and a hatstand that housed Ace's baseball bat, the Sixth Doctor's coat, the Fifth Doctor's panama hat, (TV: Earthshock [+]Russell T Davies, 2023.) Excalibur, a tennis racket (TV: The Curse of Fenric [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).) and a Hallamshire Police ID for Yasmin Khan. (TV: Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Behind the scenes[]

Members of the cast for Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024). admitted to either stealing or wanting to steal items from the Memory TARDIS as there were so many Easter eggs throughout the set. Director Jamie Donoughue stated that while it was beautiful and special, it was also an absolute nightmare to shoot in, due to its tiny size, but that he nevertheless wanted to achieve a claustrophobic feel. (DOC: Empire of Death)

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