Time Wakes "healed themselves" after primitive time travel excursions were halted. Until that time, however, they presented themselves as shimmering blue-white rings. People could step directly into the rings and be transported to wherever the Wake took them. The sign of a Wake closing was a gradual constriction of the circumference of the ring. It was possible for Time Wakes to be lethal, if one attempted to enter at a point where the circumference could not accommodate one's personal size. Tasq, for instance, died because he tried to step into a Time Wake that had closed too far. (PROSE: Time Wake)
- The concept is presented as a proper noun in Time Wake.
TARDISes additionally left temporal wakes, which were areas in the vortex where it had recently been or will be. A TARDIS could cross its own wake. (PROSE: Imperial Moon) The Headhunter programmed Morbius' stellar manipulator to follow the Doctor's TARDIS' time wake as she locked it on to Lucie Miller's DNA. (AUDIO: Worldwide Web)