I would like to invite you on a journey where a 1992 Bally Doctor Who Pinball is stripped to its bones and brought into the 21st century.
Why did i choose Doctor Who you ask? The answer is simple, my wife is a ridiculous pinball fan and and even bigger Doctor Who fanatic. This is her pin holy grail, marrying two things that she is passionate about: pinball and Dr. Who.
The person we charged with restoring the game -- which was in excellent shape before anyone even lifted a finger, by the by -- was Andre Gagnon from the Arcade Moi Ça YouTube channel. Andre (known as dreg604 here) is based in Quebec City Canada. His videos are typically in French but because I'm not a francophone, he agreed to do the series in English so I could follow along and share it with other pin fans who don't get along with French.
Here’s a fairly comprehensive list of the parts added or changed, we used NOS wherever possible or reasonable, but there's a limit to what's out there not hoarded away in closet somewhere. It took three years to gather all this together and much of it has become unobtainium.
Brand new 1 of only 100 Basement Arcade V1 Dalek Wobble head kit by Mark Davidson
Full led makeover using Comet Pinball frosted 2 smd superbrights and 5 smd flashers ( color matched inserts and white for all else )
Flipper fidelity speaker package
Non ghosting ROMs (installed)
New blue star post set
New Sling shot protectors
Set of Cliffies for main playfield and mini playfield.
New Plastic edges for translight
New Apron decals
New art blades
Repro serial number stickers
New WPC cab sticker set
NOS ramp set with decals
New side rails
New Side rail glass guides
One of a kind repro cabinet decals
CPR Repro mini playfield clear coated by Ron kruzman
NOS playfield also clear coated by Ron kruzman
Black oak playfield rails done by Reese Rails
New Time expander opto boards (great lakes modular)
It was a huge undertaking (something we couldn't have done ourselves without worrying about ruining something) but in the end it was more than worth it.. We are now the proud owners of what i believe to be the nicest Doctor Who in existence..
It all starts here:
In VLog 1 - Introduction to Arcade Moi Ça and Andre Gagnon. A quick inspection inspection of Doctor Who.
In VLog 2 - Work begins on deconstruction. Some funky music right here!
In VLog 3 - Stripping head completely. Art removal and cleaning.
In VLog 4 - Preparation and installation of the Original rare Wobble to animate the Dalek head. This wobble differs from newer versions because it’s the only version that runs off game code. Any other version runs on the flashers.
In VLog 5 - Header decal application and translight cleaning.
In VLog 6 - Speaker panel disassembly and speaker upgrade. Inside lower cabinet is stripped.
In VLog 7 - Cabinet is completely stripped down to bare wood and Andre makes a special friend.
In VLog 8 - Naked cabinet gets a fresh coat of paint. Lower cabinet reassembly.
In VLog 9 - Lower cabinet gets decals and finish assembly.
In VLog 10 - Andre Builds an inexpensive rotisserie. Introduction to the NOS playfield and the CPR reproduction mini-playfield (it's a bit of a disaster)
In VLog 11 - Playfield stripped.
In VLog 12 - Stripping bottom of old playfield.
In Vlog 13 - Bottom of the new playfieldassembly.
In VLog 14 - Andre tackles the time expander and the not so accurate CPR reproduction mini playfield.
In VLog 15 - More mini playfield and time expander fun.
In VLog 16 - The trials and tribulations of NOS ramp install.
In VLog 17 - Completing install of parts on playfield including time expander..
In VLog 18 - Here Andre tackles the installation of the LED OCD.. The color dmd has to be installed using the same method that’s required when putting one on Twilight Zone. Also, trouble in MPU paradise..
In VLog 19 - Watch and see......
There will be a final episode to go over the complete machine including rules and game play in the near future.
Thank you for sharing this experience. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have..