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The Player
Name/nickname: Laura
Age: 26
Pronouns: female
Contact: dragonessa24 on AIM
Experience: I've been rping for about ten years, in forums and on Livejournal, have played the TARDIS for four years.
Currently played characters: none

The Character
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Name: the TARDIS
Alias: old girl, but only the Doctor gets to call her that
Age/Birthdate: several millenia old
Species: TARDIS (Time Lords aren't known for their creativity)
Canon: Doctor Who, including spin-off media (mainly Big Finish, some books)
Canon point: after The Angels Take Manhattan
Played By: human avatar played by Sarah Sutton


The TARDIS is first and foremost a ship. She can travel through all of time and space, and can see everything that ever was or ever will be in the Web of Time. She is dimensionally transcendental (bigger on the inside, a lot bigger) and can be used for all sorts of amazing feats, like towing the Earth through space or opening and maintaining paradoxical temporal rifts (not recommended). She has extensive databanks filled with much of the universe's accumulated knowledge, and her translation circuit allows her to translate basically every language for basically everyone in her vicinity. Technically, having a chameleon circuit means she can transform her exterior into any shape in order to blend in with her surroundings, but it’s kinda stuck on a 60’s London police box and that suits her just fine. She is nearly impenetrable and indestructible, particularly concerning outside influences (barring forces on the magnitude of black holes, explosions that create galaxies, etc), but her advanced age takes its toll on her; she frequently needs repairs and new parts, systems break down or don’t function as intended, or she simply doesn't have enough power to do something.
In her home universe, she has the power to affect Time on a fundamental level (like resurrecting people and spreading a piece of information through all of time), but never does so because it goes against her nature, relationship with and understanding of Time (except when she shares a will with an emotional human girl or when the Doctor begs her). She can also affect the local flow of time, speeding it up or slowing it down. But again, it’s not a thing that occurs to her or she is comfortable doing, and she would basically never interfere with events in such a way even in dangerous situations. Especially since she is so viscerally connected to Time that any disturbances register as uncomfortable to painful.
She isn't able to draw energy from the game universe like she does in her own, so she would shut down and die if it weren't for the Rift. Sitting on it she can draw enough energy from it to survive and to maintain most of her functions and systems, but it does limit her abilities (sensors etc.) and she won’t try to space or time travel unless absolutely necessary, and even then she could only do so within the Rift area. Time is also not quite right, the Web of Time (if there even is such a thing) not her own, so she can’t "see" into the future or past, but is instead able to be part of events in a normal way and doesn't have to worry about interfering with things. She can also not affect Time profoundly here, and can at best affect localized time only very closely around her. She is still highly time-sensitive though, meaning she can sense temporal disturbances and oddities (and generally disapprove of them).
The aforementioned translation circuit works because she is highly psychic / telepathic; she enters everyone’s mind as a matter of fact in order to fulfill her translation function and it’s also her preferred, native way of communicating. She mostly only communicates with the Doctor that way though, again because she usually refrains from getting involved in things. Sufficiently psychically developed beings are of course able to put up shields against her presence and she will respect that. She’s also vaguely aware that non-psychics often consider it an invasion of privacy (though she doesn't understand what the problem is, it’s not like there’s anything interesting to see), so she’ll refrain if she likes the person and doesn't otherwise have a good reason. Being so ancient, alien, and able to perceive all of time and space, her mind is vast and a force to be reckoned with, but she would never bring its power to bear unless very much provoked.
She has a humanoid avatar that she inhabits to interact with corporeal beings. It doesn't have any powers, but it acts as a sort of extension of her self, so to those with the right senses it will feel more like the TARDIS proper than like an ordinary human. It can also serve as a sort of focal point for her psychic and temporal abilities.

A big blue box, about 10 feet (3 meters) tall if you include the lamp on top. The Police Box signs and windows tend to be lit up, if they’re not that’s bad news. The doors open into a large, whimsical control room dominated by a hexagonal console and the time rotor, and innumerable rooms of all shapes and sizes lie beyond.
The TARDIS’ humanoid form is a short, slender girl appearing to be in her early twenties, with brown curly hair. She always wears dresses because they’re comfortable and easy to use, often in shades of blue. She carries herself with an aloof, calmly confident air that makes her young form seem much older and more mature, and tends to have a neutral expression and factual tone of voice that only show emotions fairly subtly. However, her body is linked very closely to her consciousness, so that strong emotions, pain, etc. are expressed almost reflexively and noticeably, and are not always easy for her to control.

The TARDIS’ personality is mostly informed by her nature as a ship and by her relationship with the Doctor. As a time ship concerned with non-interference, she is very passive; she doesn't make plans or take action like the Doctor does, she is happy to be steered and used by him for his adventures, to serve him as best as she can. She needs to be useful, to fulfill her purpose as his ship and his home, and to take care of her passengers (even when she doesn't like them). However, she has always been a little different from her sisters in that she is quite willful, and traveling with the Doctor has only made her will stronger and more noticeable. Changing courses, occasionally outright refusing to go places, gainsaying her pilot when she feels it's necessary for his own well being or the well being of the universe as a whole, throwing outright tantrums, changing the layout of her interior so he can’t find the kitchen or a companion gets greeted with a cold shower – she is not afraid to express her opinions in her own way or manipulate events "behind the scenes" when she feels she knows best. Due to her age and the way she perceives time, she can be very patient and endure adverse or even painful circumstances for a long time, but due to her willfulness and downright stubbornness she can also get impatient fast and rail against those circumstances even when it isn't exactly wise to do so. 
She is symbiotically and telepathically bonded to the Doctor, which means he is the center of her life and her foremost joy and concern (besides Time itself, which has on occasion caused a disastrous and horrifying conflict of interest). She doesn't take him to places where shit is going down out of concern for the local population, but because he enjoys (and needs) doing good and saving the day. Pretty much everything she does is in his interest, and her feelings for him range from those of a mother, to those of a wife and lover, to those of a home, and she is eternally grateful that he saved her from death to show her the universe. They can literally not exist without one another, and one day losing the Doctor is her greatest fear. She is pragmatic, logical and perceives reality as what it is, and as such has a strong sense of self, is staid and unaffected by most things. But her connection to the Doctor and her experiences with him have also made her emotional, even passionate, arguably to an unhealthy degree for her kind (jealousy towards companions, defying the laws of time for the Doctor, mindfucking the shit out of Zagreus).
Being so closely linked to him, she has taken on a fair few characteristics of the Doctor (or had her own seeds of personality boosted); she is adventurous and curious; she loves to travel, to make new experiences and to gather knowledge. She is fiercely loyal to and protective of those she cares about, can be quite proud and vain, has been described as sentimental, and has even developed a sense of humor and mischievousness, but is also capable of jealousy, particularly of those young girls that take up so much of the Doctor’s attention. She disapproves of weapons and of inflicting pain or destruction in malice, and she never ever gives up hope.
For all that, it’s important to remember that she is still very alien. Linear time and corporeality aren't natural to her, as much as she’s practiced them. She has no moral code aside from her devotion to the integrity of Time and choosing to do what the Doctor considers right, which can make incurring her anger very dangerous. She has no personal opinion on oppressive regimes, wars, and all the other wrongs the Doctor feels so strongly about, because she sees the turn of the universe and knows that’s just how things go – societies rise and fall, stars are born and explode, everything has its time and everything dies. Most beings are tiny, illogical, fragile and short-lived things to her and she doesn't really understand the Doctor’s fascination with them. All that makes it fairly difficult for her to relate to most people, and she doesn't feel a need to either, only really needing the Doctor for company.
However, that doesn't stop her from developing feelings of affection for some, particularly those that treat her with respect and appreciation (as opposed to those who treat her like a simple machine). Once earned, her friendship and kindness are sincere and steadfast; she will try to understand and sympathize with her friends and their problems (even though they tend to be very puzzling) and will do her best to help, getting downright motherly when the situation calls for it. She enjoys making those she cares about happy, to take care of them and be of use to them. Being primarily telepathic, speech, physical communication, and social codes can frustrate and confuse her, but again she does her best when she considers it worth the trouble.

The TARDIS was grown/built on Gallifrey and served as a fairly unremarkable science vessel (though with more of a will of her own than was really normal for TARDISes) for most of her life. She had a few regular pilots/crews, some of whom she bonded with closely, but eventually she became an outdated model and maintaining and repairing her wasn't considered worth it anymore, so she was put into storage to be decommissioned later. This is when she made her first real decision, extremely unusual for her kind – to steal a Time Lord and run off to see the universe. The Doctor and his granddaughter found her unlocked, having their own reasons to run away, and so began 1000+ years of adventure.
They got off to a rocky start, since she was in dire need of repairs and the Doctor barely knew how to fly her, let alone think she was really sentient. At the beginning of his third incarnation, the TARDIS was crippled by the Time Lords and exiled to Earth with her pilot. The Doctor constantly worked on her, taking her apart and putting her back together, trying to repair her and to remember the time travel knowledge the Time Lords had taken from him. Through this he finally really started to understand her and their bond grew considerably stronger in their shared misery and desire to be free. She also gained an understanding of linear time, though she despised it. This is also when she first developed the capacity for jealousy towards companions – the Doctor loved Jo Grant and went on adventures with her, while she was miserable, vulnerable and useless to her Doctor.
Eventually they were able to travel again and experienced much beauty and horror together. Surrounding himself with companions changed the Doctor, which in turn changed her, though to a far lesser degree. During his eighth incarnation, the Time War happened, a brutal horrifying war between the Time Lords and the Daleks, fought across all of time and even using time itself as a weapon. They fought in it, turned soldier and warship, and in the end had to destroy both sides utterly in order to save the universe. The horrors of the War, the magnitude of the destruction they were forced to wreak, and the fact that they were now the last of both their kinds made them a bit darker, a bit colder and more callous when dealing with their enemies. Having companions to ground him is now more important to the Doctor’s well being than ever, and the TARDIS has started to accept that he needs both them and her.
In brbg verse, the TARDIS built herself a humanoid avatar based on the biodata of one of her (very few) favorite companions, Nyssa of Traken, out of curiosity for physical experiences and to communicate with people in a way they can relate to. With this she is able to express and develop more of an agency of her own, making friends (and enemies) independent of the Doctor and taking care of people she feels protective of (like taking in Ianto after Zagreus hurt him, or Fitz after the Doctor left him). After the tenth Doctor’s violent regeneration she was so damaged that she ended up stranded in Germany where Ianto and a fobwatched Zagreus were living together, having to wait a few months to heal, which was an utterly dreadful experience but did teach her a lot about the workings of existing in a corporeal form and physical expressions of emotions, so she can handle herself pretty well in it by now.

Writing Samples:
Introspection and dialog with the Doctor, introspection and dialog with Zagreus, introspection and dialog with Fitz that about covers the range of her relationships

Anything else?