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Palette question

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I've come across two threads now which have made it clear to me that Doom has 14 palettes, not just one that is altered for things like radiation suits, invulnerability and player damage. Why is it that the game's code couldn't simply automatically alter the palette when needed? Why did the developers need to create different palettes for different events?

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I would imagine that shifting between several palettes that can contain any modifications needed would be less work than writing code to generate the variations dynamically at runtime. It also avoided the need to do any calculations on RGB color values during gameplay, allowing all coloring to be done more efficiently using precalculated palette indices.

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