Doctor Who (Bally, 1992)

Doctor Who

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This game received 311 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.843 /10


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This game ranks #68 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.079

Artwork: 7.424

Sounds/Music: 7.298

Other Aspects: 8.099

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4 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).
5 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.
8 months 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.
10 months 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
11 months 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.
1 year ago
game gets dull in my opinion. very few shots. Very good sound and the time expander is cool gimmick
1 year ago
My #6 On my Top Picks. This is a great game. I loved playing it and continue to play it!
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Those not very familiar with the TV series can still enjoy the game.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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...
2 years 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..
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
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