Doctor Who (Bally, 1992)

Doctor Who

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This game received 318 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.810 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #65 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.061

Artwork: 7.356

Sounds/Music: 7.234

Other Aspects: 8.069

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47 days ago
I recently picked up a Doctor Who, that I planned to clean up and make really nice before re-selling. But... this game is quickly becoming one of my "never ever never for sale" games. I'm totally in love with it. The shots in theory are simple, but what i love about this game the most, is the fact that shooting the ramps in a certain order will increase the scoring multiplier. There really is a choice you have to make of going for these (at times risky) shots, or do you just go after shooting balls into the Time Portal. The center piece that moves up and down during the game is so cool. If you can get your hands on this game, don't pass on the opportunity. I know nothing about theme and have never seen an episode of the show. That's the only downside thing for me. I wish I knew what the characters and call outs mean. Great game!
85 days ago
Really fun game. I love the layout of the playfield. The moving mini-playfield is a nice feature. Otherwise, it's not an overloaded playfield and that's fine with me. Always satisfying when I hit the ramps and the loop into the pop bumpers. The ball really moves on this one. Love the music and sounds. Artwork is just ok, but doesn't bother me. Had a blast playing this pin. Would love to find one.
3 months ago
Exterminate Exterminate !

Well, this is my first pinball in collection .

I never thought ill buy this game , never liked it to be honest.... thought its empty and not interesting , hard to learn...but i visited friend house and fired up some games and i start to kinda liked it . He decided to sell for bargain and i grabbed it and thats how my journey started .

After playing more and more and more start to figuring out rules and game become much more interested for casual / non pro player like me . Quests become easier to achive , multiball easier to get , ramp and skill shots become better and better, even upper ramp is not easy to hit but after while not also hard to learn .

So, after few days when we figured out game become very addictive and deserve high ranking/rating . I think in future game will be very attractive and more people will chase it due nice gameplay game flow and all other interesting things.

Sound and music theme , callouts are also very nicelly done . Dalek callouts and Dalek topper is also nice addition to game , so for all dr who fans its a must.

After few months of having em its also one of the game that we as family like and enjoy to play . So give this pin a chance ans you will be very happy and satisfied.

i am just a fan of pins , i am not pro player, love this hobby (love to play pinballs) and every review is based on my personal feeling and emotion. I am in this game only for FUN and to have stress free ;).
3 months ago
Game is alright for a few passes, but becomes boring and pointless after a while.
3 months ago
Doctor Who is a pretty decent game, that draws from his subject matter a great deal to please fans. The Time Expander is the main draw of the game, but there are many different point strategies that involve the entire playfield which is good. Audio is lacking a bit and the animations aren't very good compared to Addams Family or other games of the time. The lastability is also an issue as the ruleset isn't hugely deep with no 'modes' persay, just different shots that can be utilized. All in all, a fun game, but not a game changer.
4 months ago
Based on the long running TV show, this machine features the original Doctors from the shows run. Maybe it is time for a mod to add the current incarnations or even a new table from Stern? Anyways, the rules are deep and each Doctor has his own abilities and goals. Take the time to learn the rules and strategies and it opens up the game to the next level.
6 months ago
game gets dull in my opinion. very few shots. Very good sound and the time expander is cool gimmick
6 months ago
My #6 On my Top Picks. This is a great game. I loved playing it and continue to play it!
8 months ago
This was my first pinball machine and is one I've never even considered trading or selling. I was lucky that when I got Dr. Who was not well known in the US (though I've been a fan since the early 1980's). It is a great game that interweaves the theme in perfectly. The music is outstanding. It has several routes to winning that encompases various playstyles. Overall an excellent game.
8 months ago
Those not very familiar with the TV series can still enjoy the game.
8 months ago
Doctor Who was a severe disappointment because the theme and art drew me in only to give me a water-down PIN*BOT experience with the machine's Dalek voice driving me insane the whole time. There aren't many great shots to the game and the overall play is fairly dull, which is manageable when the sound is off. But the sounds made me run away after a few tries and I don't think I'll even torture myself with a Doctor Who again.
9 months ago
The "time expander" is cool, but the rest of the game including the layout, rules, art, theme, and sound design are a big disappointment. Probably my least favourite DMD game.
9 months ago
great fun game that I play regularly (even with 14 other machines) just wish they had used any other doctor to the the speech...
9 months ago
Very unique game with several strategy options. The rules can seem simple at first but as you learn it you will find yourself trapping up to consider strategy. I thought I had this game all figured out an mastered but a slight change to the difficulty settings put an end to that.
Outlanes can be harsh with no rubber post to nudge off of, controlled play is key. The Time Expander is one of the best toys in pinball and always surprises new players.
Sound is great especially with a sub, lots of bass on this machine! The yelling Dalek does annoy the wife from 2 floors away though..
11 months ago
The Music is fantastic! Game play is Great and a lot of fun. On my top 3 list for sure I can't wait to add one to our collection.
1 year ago
Come play it for the theme and some of the unique features of the table. Being a beginner, I would say that there is a lot going on and that there may be easier pins to pick up.
1 year ago
I could see for really good pinball players this game would get boring quick but for us average Joes it is a great balance of risk-vs-reward. The select a doctor adds an interesting dynamic to gameplay and people still debate 25 years after it was released what is the best strategy.
1 year ago
This game is wierd, but in a good way. I'm a bit of a sucker for side ramps, and this one has the best side ramp in the buisness. You better get locked into it as well because putting up a decent score on this game requires you shoot it A LOT. The WHO combo is very fun to shoot. I tend to stay away from the Time Expander in the upper middle portion of the game, but big scores are also possible using the Multiball strategy.

I never got into the Dr Who thing, but the artwork is great and if you are a fan of the show then i am sure you will love the art, theme, sound, backglass, etc.

The rules are really freakin weird on this game, but a great machine overall.
1 year ago
disappointing backglass, playfield average, you could do much better
1 year ago
If you don't like the callouts, this game could be really obnoxious during multiball. However, if you do, it's really exciting. The loop shot timing is a little tricky but can pay off. Great game.
1 year ago
Not a bad game but not enough going on. Not for me.
1 year ago
What a great game! I really like the giant Time Expander reminds me a little of Pinbot center lock accept this one is on steroids with three levels.
1 year ago
1 year ago
Just purchased my first Dr Who on the weekend having never played the table before. They are getting really collectable in Australia and this one was in beautiful condition and a very fair price so took the plunge.

To say I'm glad I did is an understatement. This game Rocks. Amazing Flow and the Fun Factor is through the roof. I don't think I have ever played a game with more one more go appeal. The reason for this in MHO is the games simplicity. Having only one mode (video) really helps focus the player around scoring. For most games in my collection the final score I post is secondary to my overall enjoyment but with the Dr its front and center. This makes the game refreshing and a great addition to a larger collection. I really love having a clear strategy and idea of how I am going to play the game from the outset and then getting to work executing that plan. As such I think it would be a great game to build your skills for Tournament Pinball. Yes it could be said that any game can be approach with a scoring strategy but with the Dr it just feels right, to focus rather then explore.

In many ways the game layout and design reminds me more of a modern Stern but with the build quality and artwork of Bally/Williams. The Time expander is a blast and really brings the game to life. Even the Video Mode most of which were awful from this error is a blast.

A very very underrated game in my opinion and one that is ready for a major revival. I have played almost every game in the Top 50 and own a number of much higher ranked tables and this deserves to be up there with the best. Easily Top 30.

Would recommend for anyone that loves a fast, smooth playing experience. Wouldn't have it in a single collection as I think it works best as a break from other more mode focussed tables.
1 year ago
Doctor who looks fun? at first glance. Only one thing to shoot at. Gets boring fast. Not well thought out design. Overated for sure.
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