Doctor Who

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Average Prices: USD $600 to $2,200
Manufacturer: Bally
Produced: Sepetember, 1992
Production Run: 7,752 units
Machine Type: Solid State Electronic
MPU: Williams WPC (Fliptronics 2)
Players: 4
Design by: Barry Oursler, Bill Pfutzenreuter
Art by: Linda Deal (aka Doane)
Dots/Animation by: Scott Slomiany
Mechanics by: Zofia Bil
Music by: Jon Hey
Sound by: Jon Hey
Software by: Bill Pfutzenreuter
Doctor Who is a pinball machine produced by Midway (under the Bally brand name) released in September 1992. It is based on the television series of the same name. As stated in the Gameplay section, the rulesheet is rather different from other pinball machines released at the time, which didn't help popularity (and even now it is still seen as an exotic machine amongst collectors) as casual players did not understand the complex rule changes that occur during the game.

Early sample machines included a moving Dalek head on the top of the machine - the motor was eliminated due to cost, so later machines only feature a static Dalek.

Prototypes featured the old Bally-style backbox (and a totally different backglass), but this was changed to the Williams-styled one due to cheapen the production process for both product lines.

The basic gameplay is all about the various incarnations of Doctor Who (at the time, these were seven) and each Doctor affects the rules of the playfield differently (each for another section of the playfield). The player must "collect" all Doctors throughout the game. After collecting a Doctor, the following rule changes are applied:
Areas of Importance
Each of the various playfield zone features relates to one of the individual Doctors as listed above, and also affects gameplay rules. Completing a Doctor's playfield zone does not award that Doctor, but earning the Doctor that goes with that particular section of the playfield will make earning the zone's award easier. The individual zones are as follows:
The Multiball mode in Dr. Who begins after the player lights 15 Time Expander Factors after locking the ball. After the Time Expander reaches 0, the mini-playfield rises again to level 3, which has three gates in it with a small picture of a Dalek on the front. The player must shoot one of the doors to start multiball. Once the player has done this, the mini playfield lowers, releases the two locked balls, and then rises again back to level 3. To earn the jackpot, the player must hit all three gates on level three of the mini-playfield. This awards a jackpot that begins at 5,000,000 points for the lowest tier of Daleks and grows dramatically as the player rises through the ranks of Daleks (up to the Emperor Dalek at 50,000,000 points). After the player defeats the Emperor Dalek, Davros is revealed as the arch-villain behind the story. The mini-playfield lowers itself back to Level 2, and to defeat Davros, the player must hit the bank of 5 targets once (more if the player has already defeated Davros) to deactivate Davros' shield and get the mini-playfield to raise back to level 3. Once Davros' shield is down, the player must hit the three gates on level 3 again, after which a 100,000,000-point Davros Jackpot is awarded. All jackpots are affected by the playfield multiplier, allowing the player to collect tremendous amounts of points from a single jackpot (800,000,000 points if Davros has been defeated twice before and the Playfield Multiplier is 4).

Features And Strategies
A major feature is the Time Expander in the middle of the playfield, which can be in the following states:
As the player can select which Doctor to rescue next at the start of a ball, this enables a vast amount of scoring strategies:
Pro-Scoring strategies may also take into account that the next Doctor after the currently selected will be the one to the left of him (special case: Doctor 7 if Doctor 1 is selected).

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