Doctor Who

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This game received 355 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.864 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #96 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.131

Artwork: 7.477

Sounds/Music: 7.238

Other Aspects: 8.093

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44 days ago
I'm a huge fan of the show and of Barry's designs, but this one leaves me a bit... cold. It feels like an attempt to marry older playfield designs with modern (as of the '90s) tech, and good grief is it hard. When I get a good game going, it feels REALLY rewarding, but most of the time it kicks my rear end up between my ears. I really enjoy that instead of modes it uses the different Doctors to modify timers or scoring opportunities. Lots of tactical options, especially if you've mastered some shots better than others. But the outlanes seem very open, and while the game does have a 'Second Chance' mechanic that works for lock shots that drain immediately, it seems a bit inconsistent. As a Whovian, I'm not selling mine, though. :) Fun enough to keep coming back to, and see if my skills improve.
4 months ago
For some reason I cannot stop playing this game!!!! The loop ramp is satisfying to hit. The center lock changes 3 levels and is strangely satisfying. I enjoy the music in the game and the call outs are a little creepy in a good way. I think Dr who was a TV show but I've never seen it so it's definitely not a dream theme for me. Having said that, I want to own this game.
6 months ago
Good game
6 months ago
I found this game to be surprisingly fun. I cannot speak much for the music and sounds, as the I could not hear it over the venue's music. Fans of this era of Bally machines will find this a great addition to their collection.
7 months ago
Even though I was never much of a fan of the show growing up, I'm developing a greater respect. The time expander is an awesome toy and the dalek callouts add greatly to the theme. Hitting the w-h-o combo requires ninja-like accuracy and is crucial to score big points. I like being able to choose which doctor to play as during game play, based on their individual benefits. All in all, it's a fun game to play.
10 months ago
This game if fun to play, but has only 2 simple scoring strategies. Either play for multiball or the W-H-O combo and playfield multiplier. There are a few other things to be seen like the video mode, but other than that it's pretty simple. The rising ball lock mech is definitely cool and unique. The highlight of this game for me is definitely the side ramp shot. Looping it repeatedly is very satisfying, and completing the W-H-O combo is fun but gets kind of old. This game is alright, but sits below other Bally/Williams of the era to me.
10 months ago
There are a lot of fun things to shoot for in this game. Not too hard for beginners, and multiple opportunities to build up high scores for experienced players.
1 year ago
Just like they’re doing to every great sci fi franchise like Star Trek and Star Wars, Modern Doctor Who was destroyed from within by Doctor Nasty and Chibs the idiot. This isn’t about that.
Classic Doctor Who will always be great, and you can always pretend that it ended and never came back after 1989.
The game was made during the wilderness years of Doctor Who, a strange time to pick up the rights, considering the series had been off the air since 1989…
But it was the upcoming 30th anniversary of Doctor who, (made during the 29th anniversary, but that’s okay) and there were great plans at the BBC for that anniversary… that never came to be.
But we got Doctor Who pinball!!!
This game will make a classic Doctor who fan cry with joy, just as much as it made us cry with sadness back when Doctor Who was cancelled.
The difficulty level is way up there, especially considering the wide flipper spacing and the open playfield that causes balls to drain often.
Targets and rules are pretty straightforward but even those are of a higher difficulty level, you won’t beat it in a few days.
We all have played a lot of pinball, some licensed games appeal only to the fans of the product. The previous owner of this machine loved it a lot, owned it for five years but was making room for a Mandalorian machine. He admitted that he never watched one episode of Doctor Who.
That’s got to be a pretty good machine!
I thought I would make it clear why this machine gets such an incredibly biased high score from me. Summary:Lifetime Doctor who fan, have wanted this machine since it was released. This is not only pinball, but good pinball and represents the ultimate in fan memorabilia, like Star Trek TNG would be to a Trekkie pinball fan. My score stands, when considering the complete package, few games would make me happier!
1 year ago
Kind of a one-trick pony, but it's a great trick! Very much its own machine, and the time expander on a working model is so cool.

Pros: The Time Expander takes the whole "center target" trope and does it one better. I love how each of the three levels requires more shots and more precision. Doctor selection feels pretty innovative for the time, and I think the theme and playfield are a lot of fun.

Cons: The center, while cool, is kind of the whole show. The other goals feel like they pale in comparison, and going from one baddie to the next doesn't change the goal much. I'll get through Davros and then not want to play again.
1 year ago
Is a good fast game
1 year ago
Not a bad game. More appealing if you liked the TV series. Most are in good condition due to low plays. Sounds I found irritating after a while
1 year ago
FOr the time this was made, it is really good. Unique layout and great feature toy. It's hard for me to play with the "exterminate" callouts however. They get old pretty quick.
1 year ago
Not a bad box but could have been better. The sounds get a bit repetitive and the gameplay isn't the best, but it's a fun box to play.
1 year ago
I got this pin in a trade and I planned on selling it, but it was surprisingly hard to get rid of. It has really good toys, call outs, and music. I'm not a fan of the artwork, but that doesn't distract from the fact that it's a great game. It reminds me of an upgraded pinbot.
2 years ago
I find this game to be very addictive, even though I'm not really into the theme. The ball elevator is very unique and memorable in pinball, and a lot of fun to cycle through the various stages. The upper playfield is also a lot of fun. The original lighting scheme is very dim, but when upgraded with LEDs, it comes back to life and stands up well to more modern pins. Fun to play!
2 years ago
I've been playing a lot of Doctor Who lately. While there aren't modes to tie you over, the strategies available to you as you move through Doctors provide enough depth and call to shot mastery that it keeps me coming back time and time again. It's all about the score chase, and this game is a great one to do it with.

I think the Time Expander may be the best toy in pinball. I think with even more exposure to the community, the game would be rated even higher as the shots available on the game all feel really great to make. If you are a Doctor Who fan, you'll love it. If you aren't, some of the sfx and vo may get repetitive.

I got this game with the intention of rotating it out and getting a more modern stern. At this point I have a hard time seeing it leaving. It's not complex, but the demand for execution to get great scores make it hard to beat.
2 years ago
I love this game.
Brutal at times but highly rewarding at others.
2 years ago

- 3 Flipper - very nice upper ramp shot
- open playfield with 3 level mini playfield
- video mode (getting easy after a few tries)

- repetitive sound effects (Daleks, Davros) getting annoying over time,
- don´t like how the ball is transported from the shooter lane to the playfield (takes quite some time as it gets shot in the Tardis and from there via VUK and ramp on the playfield)
- going for multiball is quite repetitive
2 years ago
Dr. Who is a pretty fun pin to play. Even though it doesn’t include any of the more modern doctors due to its release date, the daleks are timeless and the time expander still seems fresh to me. Ramps are good, and the call outs and music of course work. The Dalek topper is cool, and the cabinet art is pretty good, as is the playfield art. The translite is terrible, however.
2 years ago
Doctor is a very cool. Loops are very fun but challenging. I think multiball is where the game shines. Video mode I just like more the more I play it.
2 years ago
I'm not the biggest fan of newer DMD games but I'll always put a few quarters in this one at the arcade - another one we're lucky to have there. The Daleks are a blast. I'd wonder about this game's appeal to people who aren't fans of the show (I am). Non-fans may get a kick out of how all the doctors have different "powers" that affect the game, but these are so minor I hardly notice them unless I take the game I'm playing seriously. At least none of them seem unbalanced, but I'll admit I've never paid strict attention.

This would probably be a better as a home game than in an arcade setting. But it's always fun. Before the newer reboot Doctor Who was pretty obscure for us US fans. At general sci-fi conventions the Trekkies would point at Whovians - "wow, those guys are nerds!" So I'm glad the show got such a well-developed game.

*Wife approval* "Ha ha ha! Yay!" - whenever she gets the Daleks going for multiball. This is one of her favorites.
2 years ago
As a fan of the television show this game had been on my radar for some time.

While you do not need to be a fan of the show to enjoy the game, I do think it helps to pull you in and enhance the experience. This is probably most directed at the sounds and music. Being familiar with the show intro and sounds of the Tardis I think the audio package adds to the game rather than take away from it. On the flip side I can easily see how they could be repetitive and annoying to the casual player.

Cabinet and translite artwork. . . blah. I think the playfield is well designed and while I could care less about toppers on most games the motorized Dalek is a must have on this one. I understand this game is based on the doctors and time before the reboot of the series; I would love to see a "modernization" of the game to include art/audio of the more modern doctors too. . . at least up to Capaldi. :)

Playfield is rather engaging. The Time Expander is the centerpiece and justly so -- a brilliant piece of engineering that is a joy to target (when it is working correctly!). Ramps are fun to hit/loop. Mastering the "WHO" combo is still something I'm working on. I do miss the drop targets and spinners that I love on other games, but there absence does not take anything away from this one. Video animations are ok but I'm indifferent to them in general -- I'm wanting to play pinball, not a video game!

Three things I really like about this game: 1. A fan of the show can relate the theme well. 2. Time Expander Mech is cool. Or should I say its clever? 3. A motorized Dalek topper -- while it has nothing to do with game play -- really pulls you in and makes it feel like you are really battling them in multi-ball.

Even if you know nothing about the show play one if you get a chance. . . I think you'll like it!
2 years ago
Takes a while to learn how to play. The gimmick is the “the time expander,” which offends Dr. Who purists because it was never a part of the TV series. You can rack up big scores if you can keep multi-ball going long enough to reach Davros.

The knock on this machine is video mode. I usually don’t mind video modes in pinball, but this one dominates a lot of gameplay. It’s not terribly hard and you can get a lot of points and extra balls, but it does get boring. (Hint: always jump into the TARDIS at the end for a little bonus.)
2 years ago
This is a pretty cohesive game, the package, albeit a time capsule of 90's Dr. Who, is a well thought out and complete game. From the unit I've played, I feel like the machine instantly demands the player start making shots, so it's kind of relentless shot-making without the lucky chaos of other games of the era. Losing control of the ball doesn't really end well. The programming, and modes are deep, and would be perfect for someone who really wanted to get into the game. However, a few tricks and ramp shots are obviously the key to all the points.
3 years ago
Doctor Who is a game I've had for a while now. We played it at a show a few years ago and my wife had to have it.
Now that I've owned it for a while, I'd like to say it's one of my favorite games. Sure, I'd sell it if the price was right, but it's here and I'm enjoying it.

+ Pluses:
* That mini playfield! Never ceases to amaze new players with the multi level awesomeness.
* I actually put the Dalek music and voice callouts in the plus column, b/c they are awesome.
* Sonic boom is extremely satisfying
* Colorful playfield, with lots of different ways to score points
* Video mode pretty fun
* Pick-A-Doctor is unique and impactful to your strategy

- Minuses:
* That mini playfield! LOL. When it's hurting, you're hurting attempting repairs
* Most folks think going for just multi-ball is repetitive, and they're not wrong, but there's just more to do
* All those doctors! Kinda confusing and distracts from just hitting targets and getting points
* Toppers are unobtanium, which kinda sucks if you're missing one

On the whole, Doctor Who is both a pin that appeals to casual players (my wife and kids), and more serious pinballers as well. So it's a nice entry level machine that can grow with your collection as you grow in skill.

You don't have to be Whovian to enjoy this pin (did I spell that right?).
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