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Doctor Who Pinball: Time Streams
Companion(s): Susan, Jamie, Zoe, Benton, the Brig, Sarah Jane, Leela, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, Peri, Ace
Featuring: First Doctor, Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor
Main enemy: The Master, Davros, Daleks
Main setting: 300,000,000 BC
Main setting: Earth
Key crew
Publisher: Betty Purcell
Writer: Bill Pfutzenreuter
Producer: Bally
Music: Jon Hey
Designer: Bill Pfutzenreuter, Barry Oursler
Artist: Linda Deal
Release details
Platform: Midway WPC (Fliptronics II)
Release date: September 1992
Production code: 20006

Doctor Who Pinball: Time Streams is a Bally Midway Manufacturing Company pinball machine released in September 1992. It has an unusually complex ruleset which made the machine somewhat unpopular amongst casual pinball players, but has since made it more collectible to pinball aficionados.

The machine's video screen refers to the story, outlined in the manual, as Time Streams. Appropriately, each ball is referred to as "Parts" of the story ("Part 1", "Part 2", etc.).

It was emulated for the Pinball Arcade video game on 30 September 2016.

Publisher's game story Edit

Time is running out, literally...

The Master is back and this time he will not fail! He has recruited Davros and what is left of his desperate Daleks. Since being beaten by the Movellans, this group of Daleks have nothing to lose. And both have one enemy in common...the Doctor!

The Master has found an ancient Gallifrey Laboratory equipped with an everlasting self-regenerating "Time Expander". This "Time Expander" can take any part of time and space, stretch it, then allow all other space and time events to interact with this new time stream. This machine requires two operators to work together (changing time and space is serious business). Of course, this has never stopped the Master, or even Davros.

The problem of finding all seven Doctors and expanding their time streams is easily solved in one word-- Earth! This is the Doctor's favorite planet. All of his regenerations, past, present, and even future, have or will, arrive upon Earth. All that has to be done is to expand Earth's time and push all the Doctors into the final nova of the Earth's Sun. At game start, you can experience the time expansion of Earth by observing the continental drift back to the past (over 300 million years ago!).

But everything has not gone as planned. All of the Doctors, aware of time being expanded, have escaped. However, not everyone is safe. The First Doctor has escaped to a planet and is being bombarded by the Master's "borrowed and enhanced" Roni spheres. The Second Doctor is lost in a land mine of black holes in space and is trying to dodge destruction (the black holes are rumored to power the Time Expander). The Third Doctor is trapped in the Whomobile. The Fourth Doctor is stranded somewhere to repair his TARDIS from old unreliable force field projectors. The Fifth Doctor, transmatted away from Earth is, unfortunately, held prisoner in a never ending transmat web. The Sixth Doctor was jettisoned to a mountainous Dalek planet, where the time expanded rebirth of the Dalek race is about to begin. Last but not least, the Seventh Doctor is much more fortunate. He escaped unharmed and has found the Time Expander. Now the challenge is to restore Earth's Time to normal, confront the Master and his traps, the Daleks, and of course Davros (the creator of the Daleks).

When it is time for the ultimate battle with Davros, all the Doctors will be re-united, combining their unique knowledge and experience to defeat Davros and his Daleks.

Gameplay Edit

The basic concept is that the Doctor's first six incarnations have become trapped in some way, and it is up to the Seventh Doctor and Ace to rescue them and defeat Davros. The player decides before beginning a round of play which of the seven Doctors s/he wants to rescue, then attempts to make shots to the particular area of the playing field associated with that incarnation.

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'Doctor Who' Castmates are Pinball Wizards

Gameplay with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.

When the player does what is required to rescue that Doctor, they must shoot into a particular area for a "video mode", in which that Doctor must outrun a pursing Dalek by jumping over obstacles (one flipper button for small obstacles, both for long obstacles) and get to his TARDIS. Jumping into the Ship also awards a point bonus.

Following three rounds of the video mode, the player gets a particular performance enhancement, such as extra balls (Third Doctor) or faster point accumulation for certain shots (Sixth Doctor). Because of the ways in which the game play can be affected by which Doctors the player rescues, strategy is far more complex than the average pinball machine.

Credits Edit

The in game credits are written in uppercase letters only and are accessible on the video screen while not playing.

Doctor Who show Edit

The Doctors Edit

Companions Edit

The Master Edit

Davros voice Edit

The Daleks Edit

Producer Edit

BBC Enterprises Edit

Doctor Who pin Edit

Game design Edit

Artists Edit

Graphic effects Edit

Game programmer Edit

Music/sounds Edit

Mechanical Edit

Engineering Edit

Marketing Edit

Model makers Edit

Tech. support Edit

  • P. J.
  • Butch Ortega
  • Jose Delgado
  • Bill Thomson
  • Wally Roeder
  • Dick Valosek
  • Kent Pemberton
  • Howard Lee
  • Herb Uher

Publications Edit

Special thanks Edit

  • Rand Marlis
  • Ruth Salisbury
  • Dwight Sullivan
  • Ted Estes
  • Pat Lawlor
  • Brian Eddy
  • Mark Penacho
  • John Vogel

Key creative talent Edit

The game features the voices of Sylvester McCoy (Seventh Doctor), an Anthony Ainley imitator (The Master), and Terry Molloy (Davros and Daleks). The Master is credited as being the Delgado incarnation but the board drawing still has the clothes of the Ainley incarnation, indeed a change of portrayer was made during production after it became apparent that Ainley would not voice the character.

Artwork was by Linda Deal, design by Bill Pfutzenreuter and Barry Oursier, and music by Jon Hey.

Notable gameplay Edit

New York Magazine filmed an interview with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill playing a game on the machine while they were in New York City in 2011.

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