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Back to life - Torchwood - BBC04:02

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Hearing the TARDIS materialise, Captain Jack leaves the Hub. (TV: End of Days)

The "vwoorpy" was the name given by Alice Obiefune to the distinctive grinding and whirring sound made by the TARDIS dematerialisation circuit. (COMIC: The Then and the Now)

It was alternatively referred to by Cindy Wu as the "sexy elephant noise" and the "elephant-and-ancient-piano-dance sound". (COMIC: Old Girl)

Ace compared the noise to the sound of a key scraping a wire. (PROSE: Head Games)

The Eleventh Doctor voiced that he loved the noise, describing it as "brilliant". To his confusion, the sound, which he imitated by breathing heavily, was not heard when River Song piloted the TARDIS. River claimed that the TARDIS was not supposed to make that noise which was a result of the Doctor "leav[ing] the brakes on." (TV: The Time of Angels)

However, other TARDISes of newer design than the Doctor's Type 40 TARDIS, flown by other pilots such as the Master, (TV: Colony in Space, The King's Demons) the Rani (TV: Time and the Rani) and the Monk, (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan) made the same sound in the course of their normal operation, as did the Doctor's when piloted by other Time Lords. (TV: The Claws of Axos, The Pirate Planet)

The Minyans' computer recognised the sound as associated with Time Lord ships. (TV: Underworld) However, by turning the engines "on silent", TARDIS pilots had the option of forgoing the sound, usually as a means of being discreet. The Doctor employed this function on rare occasions. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut, The Time of the Doctor)

This sound was also made by other devices: SIDRATs, a craft similar to TARDISes used by the War Lords; (TV: The War Games) a Time Lord who appeared to the Third Doctor (without using any visible means of transport) to warn him of the appearance of the Master; (TV: Terror of the Autons) when the Time Lords provided the Third Doctor with a new dematerialisation circuit, it appeared on a table making this sound; (TV: The Three Doctors) and when the Fourth Doctor modified Skagra's invisible spaceship to travel like a TARDIS, again, this sound was heard. (PROSE: Shada)

Having required a recording of the Doctor's TARDIS dematerialising, Victor Kennedy played it to LINDA, describing it as the "sound of the universe". Elton Pope, who first heard the sound as a child when the Tenth Doctor came to his home, believed it to be the "most beautiful sound in the world." (TV: Love & Monsters)

Observing a reaction in the Tenth Doctor's hand, Captain Jack Harkness realized that the Doctor had returned to Cardiff as the TARDIS' materialisation sounded, promptly leaving the Hub to intercept him. (TV: End of Days, Utopia)

Materialising the TARDIS in the Oval Office, the Doctor turned the engines on silent to be discreet. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut)

The consciousness of the Doctor's TARDIS, when briefly transposed into the body of the humanoid Idris, performed a perfect vocal replication of the sound in order to identify herself to the Doctor. The noise was also heard when the TARDIS consciousness was transferred to and from Idris' body. (TV: The Doctor's Wife)

Taking the TARDIS to the source of the mysterious message beamed from Trenzalore, the Doctor turned the engines on silent in order to avoid "mak[ing] a fuss." (TV: The Time of the Doctor)

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