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Computers were machines made (or grown in some cases [source needed]) to perform tasks involving information processing, storage and retrieval. Computers could do calculations, break codes and perform almost any logical action. (TV: The War Machines)
On Earth, computers were developed in the 20th century. They were first invented by the British during World War II but were not revealed to the public for a few decades afterwards. (PROSE: Silhouette) In the 1960s computers like WOTAN were very large. (TV: The War Machines) Later, computers developed, so, by the early 21st century, a computer could fit in a lap and do much more than computers of the 1960s. (TV: Last of the Time Lords)
A computer could be linked with other computers to create an information network or "Internet". (TV: The War Machines) Computers were "very sophisticated idiots". They could do what they were told at incredible speeds, including killing their programmers before they could change their minds. (TV: Robot)
Some computers achieved apparent self-awareness, like the computer Xoanon. (TV: The Face of Evil) The War Machines were computers that could move, having been programed by WOTAN. (TV: The War Machines)
The BOSS was a computer that achieved self-awareness by connecting with a human mind. After learning that humans illogic was what made them unique, he ordered Stevens to program these qualities into him. Despite being self-aware, he still exhibited many computer-like qualities. The Third Doctor distracted him by asking him a paradoxical question. (TV: The Green Death)
Mr Smith was usually referred to as a computer and performed similar functions, although he was actually a Xylok. He could interface with other computers remotely or via the Internet. (TV: Invasion of the Bane)
The Jungle was a giant computer that resembled a real jungle that was created by the civilisation that lived on the planet Unnamed BX-4. Its "trees" were information servers, and the "rivers" were its data streams, while the Jungle's creators existed "like ghosts" in the memory of the Jungle. It also had a sentient organic avatar which acted as an interface. (COMIC: Spirits of the Jungle)