Doctor Who

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This game received 328 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.814 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #77 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.048

Artwork: 7.391

Sounds/Music: 7.313

Other Aspects: 8.074

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14 days 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?).
50 days ago
To me, this game has the best upper flipper ramp shot in pinball. It is very satisfying to stick that shot repeatedly.

New players love seeing the multiball in action - you gotta admit, it's pretty impressive! Great rules for the time, with a variety of strategies available. Great in a small or large lineup and a great earner on location.
51 days ago
Fun game with great layout and rules. Dalek sounds can make you a little nuts after a while.
59 days ago
Just couldn't stop playing it!!!
3 months ago
This game is pretty decent, but is a bit slower than I prefer, and the shots although hard, are just a bit lacking in my opinion. I do really like the toy that has 3 levels of shots, but it does break a good bit and is a pain to repair/service. Its one I will play a few times when I see it in a location.
4 months ago
Fun game to play - rather hard to review... It is definitely a well designed game with great rules and rewarding shots. It looks good and for a casual player it can be rather brutal with short ball times. The feeling you get here is that you never really are able to predict your next match against the machine, unless youre a really good player of course.

The tricky part for me is the sound/music. The music, classic TV-theme from the series, is very repetitive. Sometimes it is fun to listen to, other times you just want to unplug the speakers to save your ears. That goes even more so for the awful "monster sounds".

To me, Dr Who definitely belongs to the top 15 games from the early and mid-90´s. Although I cannot decide wether the real challenge is the playfield design or the ability to ignore the annoying call outs from this table......

Bonus points here for having a really cool topper on the backbox.
8 months ago
So, Doctor Who.... it may be my favorite game ice ever played. It isn't pretty (that translite.... barf), and the sound effects sorta suck, but my god are the shots the most satisfying in any game ever. I usually play for score on every pinball machine, but with DW, I have such fun just shooting the shots that I don't terribly care of i have a great game or not. The W H O shots are some of the most zen, satisfying shots ever. And I could hit the side ramp all day long. It's strange, as the centerpiece is the time expander, but the other shots are so smooth and satisfying that I almost dont even care about the time expander toy (which is amazing).
9 months ago
Probably fun enough for the fans but I'm not into the show at all. Don't really like the layout, master the upper ramp shot and play like the pros. That's it.
1 year ago
Really love this game. So much to do and the abilities of each Doctor adds a great element of strategy. Love the loop off of the third flipper. Video mode is great. Highly recommend.
1 year ago
Game play is challenging and flows well. Video mode adds a different challenge to game. I enjoy the time expander and have enjoyed playing this game for hours. Fun Fun Fun
1 year ago
1 year ago
For me this is a real great machine, in point of strategy it is comparable to game of thrones, the shots are quite well, ist a game for the beginners and the advanced players too.

I think I have to change the backglas to an alternate translite to keep the machine in my house ....
1 year ago
A very entertaining game. Love the raising playfield for multi ball. Choosing the correct doctor for proper scoring adds a fun aspect to the game.
1 year ago
Overall nice game. Different gameplay. Right sideramp is nice. Feels good when you hit it over and over agin and maximize that multiplier and get the sonic booms.

Videogame is cool...however the scoring is somewhat out of balance. You can get massive load of points just for going for videogame all day long.

Multiball, with the 3 levelled elevating playfield is super cool.
1 year ago
Not a bad game, but boy, the main playfield is empty. The doctor escape is cool, but the game is almost all about setting up the multiball with very little else of interest. I'm a Dr Who fan, but the game left me wanting.
1 year ago
Doctor who is a fun game it has a lot of cool features, great sounds and music, and good artwork except the backglass. I also like the video mode but I also do wish the rules would be a bit Deeper.
1 year 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 ;).
1 year ago
Game is alright for a few passes, but becomes boring and pointless after a while.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
2 years ago
game gets dull in my opinion. very few shots. Very good sound and the time expander is cool gimmick
2 years ago
My #6 On my Top Picks. This is a great game. I loved playing it and continue to play it!
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Those not very familiar with the TV series can still enjoy the game.
2 years 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.
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