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A time ram was what happened if two TARDISes attempted to occupy exactly the same time and space. The resulting paradox would destroy both TARDISes and cause extreme spacio-temporal destruction in its wake. The fate for those caught in a time ram was what the Third Doctor considered tantamount to "extinction" and "utter annihilation". (TV: The Time Monster)

As the Master and Krasis departed for Atlantis, the Third Doctor made an attempt to materialise his TARDIS inside of The Master's TARDIS with precise control over the frequency and time setting on his own TARDIS. He feared an imprecise measurement would make him place the time setting too low and miss the Master's TARDIS entirely. The other danger was setting the time too high, which would cause a time ram. He explained the lethal repercussions to Jo Grant, warning her that she had boarded the TARDIS at her own risk on this trip, after she had insisted to come along with him. The Doctor successfully materialised his TARDIS inside of the Master's, but accidentally allowed the Master's TARDIS to end up inside of his as well, causing both TARDISes to be snared inside each other. This standoff was eventually broken by force.

When the Master trapped Jo inside his TARDIS as Atlantis fell apart while Kronos rampaged, the Doctor threatened to send the Master into time ram — even though it would kill them both and Jo — to prevent him escaping with the Crystal of Kronos, which would allow him to dominate space and time forever. The Master called his bluff, realising he wouldn't kill Jo. However, Jo used the controls herself to cause a time ram. They were all saved by Kronos, who brought them into its dimension. (TV: The Time Monster)

When Magnus Greel's time cabinet was being drawn out of its zygma beam, the Fourth Doctor and Romana I time rammed it to prevent the creation of an alternate timeline and ensure Greel arrived in London. (PROSE: The Shadow of Weng-Chiang)

According to the Fifth Doctor, a time ram would cause a black hole large enough to destroy an entire universe. (TV: Time Crash)

It could be narrowly avoided by a TARDIS materialising within another. (TV: The Time Monster, Logopolis, Time Crash)

The Sixth Doctor performed a time ram against the remains of Iris Wildthyme's TARDIS at the centre of a dimensional nexus. Local conditions limited the effects to merely eliminating some possibilities from reality, but the force was still enough to destroy the rest of Iris' TARDIS. (AUDIO: The Wormery)

The Seventh Doctor attempted to perform a time ram against the Timewyrm in order to destroy her, but she escaped into the Time Vortex. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys)

The first eight Doctors time rammed their TARDISes against the Master's TARDIS in order to defeat him in a pocket dimension where he had framed them by using a conceptual bomb which was erasing the Doctor's timeline. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)

When the War Doctor materialised into the Battle TARDIS of Partheus to rescue him, the latter was afraid their TARDISes could time ram and annihilate each other. (PROSE: Engines of War)

Other time-controlling species were also able to utilize time rams. The Daleks mercilessly used a time ram against a factory default TARDIS and the Eighth Doctor's TARDIS when its defenses were removed. (AUDIO: X and the Daleks)

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