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Artron energy was a form of ambient radiation that existed in the time vortex, (AUDIO: Shield of the Jötunn) later described by the Seventh Doctor as a form of mental energy, (PROSE: Timewyrm: Apocalypse) "artron particles" (AUDIO: Shockwave) that could be utilised in a variety of ways. Those who travelled through the vortex would absorb artron energy in the form of a "background radiation." Some life forms were even made of artron energy.
Visually, artron energy resembled a sort of blue electricity. Artron energy seemed to have an odour detectable by some species, such as the Groske. (TV: Death of the Doctor) It was measured in atto-Omegas. (PROSE: The Taking of Planet 5)
Artron energy was apparently used as a source of energy to power all TARDISes and Time Scaphes, with "raw" artron energy flowing from the Eye of Harmony. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark) The Fifth Doctor once claimed to Monarch that artron energy had a relationship to the functioning of his TARDIS (or vice versa), although he did not elaborate. (TV: Four to Doomsday)
Artron energy was rich and refined in TARDISes, (TV: The Doctor's Wife) vital in the running of the ships; it could run low (PROSE: Option Lock) and when down to 10% it would mean even backup power was unavailable. (PROSE: The Banquo Legacy) Materialisation caused a massive displacement of artron energy (PROSE: The Highest Science) which would help the scanners. (PROSE: Housewarming)
Other uses Edit
During the Last Great Time War, Dalek technology further evolved/developed so they could use artron energy as a power source. A Dalek on the verge of death could be restored to operational status by the slightest touch from a time traveller. (TV: Dalek) Similarly, the touch of a time traveller could be used to activate the Time Lord-constructed Genesis Ark, which served as a dimensionally transcendental prison ship containing millions of Daleks. (TV: Doomsday)
Some individuals exposed to artron energy developed a unique artron print that can be detected and tracked. The Time Lords used this to recognise and track Irving Braxiatel after he planted a data bomb in the Matrix. (AUDIO: The Inquiry)
Living creatures Edit
Artron energy could be found in some organisms.
Artron energy is to normal energy what movements within the deeps of the sea are to the waves on the surface. Very slight in humans, but in some other –
Coupling the human mind to a source of high-voltage electricity could result in a massive release of artron energy. The Eighth Doctor once compared the relationship between Artron and normal energy to the movement in the depths of the sea and the waves on the surface. (PROSE: The Banquo Legacy)
Even touching a TARDIS could cause the passage of artron energy. Clyde Langer absorbed some artron energy from the outside of the TARDIS as he was trying to enter it while it was trapped in a time loop made by the Trickster. He then used the energy to attack the Trickster, as he was time-sensitive. (TV: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith) The Doctor later keyed into Clyde's residual artron energy in order to make a biological swap. (TV: Death of the Doctor)
Time Lords Edit
Time Lord minds had a supply of artron energy, harmlessly siphoned off and fed into the birthing bays of the TARDISes. (AUDIO: Fractures) A surge of artron energy could restore the synapses, curing amnesia. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles) Without artron energy, a Time Lord was unable to regenerate. (PROSE: The Banquo Legacy, AUDIO: Repeat Offender)
The Fifth Doctor stated that Time Lords start off with a certain amount of artron energy saturating their bodies in each incarnation, with the energy accumulating over time; their energy count is 'reset' to a specific level after each regeneration to prevent the accumulative artron energy absorbed during their lives causing excessive damage. (PROSE: Empire of Death)
During the later days of the Doctor's first incarnation, the Time Lord Magnus encountered and attempted to exploit a living sphere of artron energy in space, hoping (in the words of the Seventh Doctor showing a projection of the incident) that it would have enabled the Time Lords "near-unlimited supply of temporal power and complete mastery over the Vortex". (COMIC: Flashback)
According to the Master, the Cheetah World had high levels of artron energy in its magnetosphere, which the Seventh Doctor concluded was how it transformed those on the planet into Cheetah People. (PROSE: First Frontier)
The Tarsus system was immersed in a shockwave when it's star Tarsus Ultra collapsed into a spatial anomaly, throwing off a lethal space-time energy effect, "agitated temporal particles" containing artron particles. (AUDIO: Shockwave)
Other references Edit
When the TARDIS' Banshee Circuits were activated, it used the mental artron energy of the Time Scaphe crew to reconfigure itself into a multi-dimensional city reminiscent of those of ancient Gallifrey. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible)
The entity known as House fed on artron energy, the best and most refined source being TARDISes (The Eleventh Doctor compared it to preferring fish fingers over raw fish). To accomplish this he would lure wayward TARDISes into the "bubble universe" in which he resided to devour their energy supply. However he couldn't devour raw TARDIS energy as the deaths of the TARDIS consciousness would create a hole in the universe, so he would transfer the TARDIS mainframe into a human receptacle and devour the remaining artron energy. (TV: The Doctor's Wife)