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A fast return switch was a component of a TARDIS that returned the vessel either back through time or to a previous location in space and time.

After leaving Skaro, the First Doctor used his TARDIS' fast return switch in an attempt to return Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright to 1963. However, the spring in the switch became stuck. This would have caused the ship to go back in time to the creation of a solar system. As this would have resulted in its destruction, the TARDIS crashed itself and attempted to warn its crew of the danger, eventually succeeding. (TV: "The Brink of Disaster")

Later, Susan used the fast return switch to return to 1692 Salem Village and prevent the witch trials from occurring. Afterwards, the Doctor disconnected the switch. (PROSE: The Witch Hunters)

The Doctor once used the fast return switch to return a young boy to 1965. (PROSE: The Little Drummer Boy)

The Second Doctor used the fast return switch to bring King Gavin XXIII and King Conrad together. (PROSE: Twin Piques)

In 1483, Peri and Erimem, who were stranded in that year, received a letter from the Fifth Doctor advising them to use the fast return switch to get back to 1485. When they did so, the TARDIS disappeared. (AUDIO: The Kingmaker)

In January 101 BC, The Sixth Doctor used the fast return switch to return to October 101 BC. (AUDIO: 100 BC)

Charley used the fast return switch to return to 305 and rescue the Eighth Doctor after he was lost in the past intercepting the Nimon pod on its way to Earth. (AUDIO: Seasons of Fear)

Later, Charley used the fast return switch to fly the TARDIS back into the path of time torpedoes. (AUDIO: Neverland)

River Song taught Helen Sinclair to used the fast return switch to summon the TARDIS and aid in the Eighth Doctor's escape. (AUDIO: The Sonomancer)

When the Eleventh Doctor fought the Shroud, Clara Oswald used the fast return switch to draw the Shroud to Venofax, the last planet the TARDIS had visited, where the planet's avocado-tainted sea significantly weakened the Shroud. (PROSE: Shroud of Sorrow)

The Krulius ship also had a fast return switch. When Rani was teleported to the ship, she managed to escape back to Earth by using the switch. (COMIC: Return of the Krulius)

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