The Matrix: Misc

  
  
  
  
  
  

Dr Who

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.

For the novel, see Matrix (novel).

The Matrix (or the Matrix) was a domain within the APC Net (Amplified Panatropic Computer Network), a supercomputer used by the Time Lords (specifically the High Council) both as a storehouse of knowledge and to predict future events. The terms APC Net and Matrix were often used interchangeably.

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History

Creation

Rassilon entered into the Matrix after his death (or "death"). Here, he and a council of High Evolutionaries or "Matrix Lords" monitored events in the outside universe. (DWM: The Tides of Time onwards) The legendary Dark Matrix, however, was a repository of all the dead Time Lords' most evil thoughts. (PDA: Matrix)

Uses of the Matrix

Returned to Gallifrey by Councillor Goth, the Master made secret use of the Matrix, infiltrating it and using Goth as his agent within it. Goth confronted the Doctor there, and attempted to kill him. (DW: The Deadly Assassin)

As Lord President, the Doctor used the Matrix to gain access to the secrets needed to defeat the Sontaran invasion of Gallifrey, specifically the De-mat Gun. (DW: The Invasion of Time) While connected to the Matrix, he learned of the existence of the Timewyrm, and left a message for himself warning of this threat. (NA: Timewyrm: Genesys)

After his supposed execution to stop Rassilon's exiled contemporary Omega from returning to the universe of matter, the Doctor hung suspended there. Omega also had access to the Matrix. (DW: Arc of Infinity)

The Valeyard established a stronghold, the "Fantasy Factory", in the Matrix as part of his plan to steal the Doctor's remaining regenerations. During his attempt to stop him, the Doctor, as well as the Master, entered into the "dreamscape" contained therein, the latter taking his TARDIS (or an illusory version of it) there. The Valeyard then somehow took over the Keeper of the Matrix. (DW: The Ultimate Foe)

The Doctor confronted the Dark Matrix, which was trapped inside a TARDIS as it imploded. (PDA: Matrix)

Conflicting accounts of the fate of the Matrix

An ancient Gallifreyan evil named Pandora also survives and emerges from a special partition within the Matrix. Lady President Romana was eventually able to destroy the entity by destroying the Matrix itself. (BFG)

Another account says that Gallifrey was destroyed by the Eighth Doctor to prevent the voodoo cult Faction Paradox from starting a time war between the Time Lords and an unspecified Enemy. (EDA: The Ancestor Cell) It was later revealed that the Time Lords had survived within the Matrix, which had then been downloaded into the Doctor's mind, although he had to sacrifice much of his memory to make space for it. Their reconstruction was possible, but would require a sufficiently advanced computer. The question of whether or not the Time Lords would be restored remains unanswered. (EDA: The Gallifrey Chronicles)

This event may take place in an alternative timeline or in the future, relative to the other event, given that by this time, Romana had regenerated into a third incarnation. Possibly both they and the planet are restored at some point before Gallifrey's later destruction.

Characteristics

The Matrix, specifically, contained a simulated reality environment, once described as a "micro-universe" (DW: The Ultimate Foe) which served as storage for the personalites of Time Lords now without physical bodies. Living beings could also access the Matrix. The terms Matrix and APC Net, however, have sometimes been used interchangeably.

Physically, the Matrix stored the memories of dead Time Lords, storing them in a framework electrochemical cells. (DW: The Deadly Assassin) It also received input from sensors contained within TARDISes. (PDA: The Quantum Archangel) The Matrix is not only a record of the past, but can actually predict the future as well. The amount of knowledge in the Matrix, though vast, is not complete, and can be tampered with if given the right amount of access. The unauthorised extraction of a Time Lord's bio-data from the Matrix is an offence tantamount to treason. (DW: Arc of Infinity) In fact, a particularly skilled person such as the Valeyard could create images of false events that never had and never would happen. (DW: Mindwarp, Terror of the Vervoids, The Ultimate Foe)

The environment of the Matrix

To living beings, the Matrix could appear relatively like conventional reality (DW: The Deadly Assassin, The Ultimate Foe), a surreal dream (DWM: The Tides of Time), a dark void (DW: Arc of Infinity), or first in one state, then giving way to another. Basic physical laws remain malleable, able to be bent or broken, according to the will of the inhabitant. The more experience with the Matrix and the greater the will of the occupant, the greater the control over the local "reality".

Beings known as the Matrix Lords, including Rassilon himself, "lived" here and could direct actions from within it. For example, they created a physical agent, Shayde, to act for them in the outside world. (DWM: The Tides of Time)

Physical access

Access to the Matrix is obtained through an apparatus connected to or enclosing the head of the user. (DW: The Deadly Assassin) The Crown of Rassilon worn by the Lord or Lady President provides to them instant access. (DW: The Invasion of Time) The Keeper of the Matrix held the Key of Rassilon that granted access to the Seventh Door, which was thought legendary until the Doctor used the Key to access it. The Seventh Door allowed physical access to the Matrix by living persons. (DW: The Ultimate Foe)


This article uses material from the "The Matrix" article on the Dr Who wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Fallout

Up to date as of February 01, 2010
(Redirected to Coppertops article)

From The Vault

Human generators
The following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.

Coppertops is a special encounter in Fallout Tactics. Several humans (called 'Human Battery') are running on treadmills while a task-master robot oversees the entire operation. On the far side of each pair of treadmills is a locker that you can lockpick and obtain 200 Small Energy Cells. These energy cells are regenerated over time.

Unusually the command robot is not hostile unless fired upon by the player. Even opening the lockers will not initiate unwanted combat. Note that even though the human test subjects may beg the player character to kill them, doing so will earn him/her huge amounts of negative karma, and it is best to leave them alone if the player wishes to complete the game with good karma.

Behind the scenes

This is a play on the The Matrix movie, in which humans were essentially batteries that fueled a robot empire.


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Transformers

Up to date as of February 05, 2010
(Redirected to Matrix (disambiguation) article)

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

The term Matrix can refer to many different things in Transformers fandom.

Religious terms
Facilities
Decepticons/Predacons-related items
Japanese-original items
Unicron-related items
Weapons


The Matrix should not be confused with:


This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. If an internal link referred you to this page, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.

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