Because Astra was enamored with Earth, especially late 19th century France, she guised her tardis’ exterior as a 19th century French street kiosk. When Astra’s husband Vagus stole it, he altered its interior, fashioning it into a galaxy-class hotel ship with a zoo and named it Ménagerie. Under the cover of passenger cruises to other worlds, Vagus used it for an intergalactic poaching and slave trade, trading in exotic animals and higher life-forms. Astra is kept secretly imprisoned under the main console.