A Type 50 TARDIS was the TARDIS that the First Doctor used prior to his life as a renegade Time Lord. (AUDIO: Prisoners of Fate) The Doctor decided to steal another TARDIS, a Type 40, and he abandoned the Type 50, (AUDIO: Prisoners of Fate) though he nearly stole another capsule when he finally departed Gallifrey with his granddaughter Susan Foreman though he was advised by a version of Clara Oswald to take the Type 40. (TV: The Name of the Doctor)
The Type 50 was angry and hurt it had been spurned by the Doctor when he stole his Type 40, an inferior model, and called it miserable and dilapidated with faulty circuits compared to itself. The Type 50 spoke of the Type 40 with hatred and disdain. (AUDIO: Prisoners of Fate) It hired Maris to find out where the Doctor went. Maris had heard some Type 50 TARDISes and even some Type 45s could take on humanoid shape.
When the Doctor's first TARDIS met Maris to hire her services to locate the Doctor, the Type 50 disguised itself as a boy. Around this time, the Type 50 brought Maris into itself. The console room was bare since the Doctor had never really been inside to add some of his personality to it.
The Doctor would later claim he had to take the first available TARDIS he could find and he was reluctant to tell anyone why. Nyssa surmised the symbiotic relationship the Doctor had with the Type 50 was stronger than the Doctor realised.
The Type 50 TARDIS suffered damage in its escape as it attempted to go after the Doctor. The TARDIS had to jettison 9 tenths of its interior to escape, and travelled to Valderon, where the Doctor encountered it during his fifth incarnation in 3556. By that point the Type 50 TARDIS was so badly damaged it couldn't leave the planet, or so it claimed. In fact it was capable of moving short distances. The telepathic circuits had also survived, and with them the TARDIS looked for someone who could tend to it.
The TARDIS was in pain by the time that it encountered the Fifth Doctor again. Sibor had discovered the TARDIS's capabilities of looking into the future after it had granted the people of Valderon with the Miracle, where everyone could speak with a different language. However, Sibor decided to use the TARDIS for her own gain, putting it in a prison for 20 years and giving it just enough power to stay alive. According to the TARDIS Sibor tortured it to ensure its obedience. But she didn't realise the TARDIS was showing her possibilities of the future to find the right person to repair it.
During this time the TARDIS claimed it just wanted to return home, but it generated a strong telepathic field to find someone who could repair it. With the telepathic circuits, the TARDIS took control over Tegan and Turlough to communicate with the Doctor. Both of their psychic barriers had been weakened by their encounters with Eldrad and with the Mara, so the Type 50's control over them was simple.
When Sibor reconnected the Type 50 to the power grid, it escaped and killed her. The Doctor tried to look for it, only to discover the Type 50 TARDIS was still on Valderon, and had assumed the shape of Tegan and then Sibor and took over the Doctor's TARDIS and took them back through time to change Nyssa's history to create a new timeline which would release temporal energy to restore itself to full power. The Type 50 boasted this as its "emancipation". The Type 50 revealed it didn't want to return home at all, that it was a lie. It stole and "ate" the Type 40's dematerialisation circuit as a temporary replacement for its own circuit, and leaving the Doctor to suffer the consequences of abandoning it 600 years previously.
The Type 50 TARDIS created a number of time paradoxes and it used the energy to try to rebuild itself after losing so much of its internal architecture. It started to spread across the planet after it absorbed the energy.
When speaking to the Doctor about three of his upcoming lives, the TARDIS described the Sixth Doctor as the "the rhetorician", the Seventh Doctor as "the schemer", and the Eighth Doctor as "the idealist".
The TARDIS revealed it had manipulated events so then it could feed off the energies of paradoxes to rebuild itself. The Doctor took the Type 50 on one final journey to retrieve Nyssa before she could see her son and change history in the first place before returning. The Type 50 TARDIS was happy to be used by her favoured pilot again, and returned the dematerialisation circuit. The Doctor was impressed and even envious of the Type 50's accurate landings and even lamented not taking his former TARDIS instead of the Type 40. The TARDIS was later destroyed when it became trapped in one of those paradoxes. (AUDIO: Prisoners of Fate)