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The 30th Anniversary of Bally's Doctor Who Pinball Machine & How It May Have Saved the Franchise

2022 marks the 30th anniversary of Bally's pinball machine Doctor Who. Designed in 1992 by the late, great Barry Oursler, Bally went on to sell 7,752 units of the game.

I came across a very interesting article this afternoon that claims the franchise had all but disappeared by the time the pin was made and that the machine helped rejuvenate it. I don't know if that's actually the case, but it's an interesting read about a really fun pin.

Interestingly, in the prototype Doctor Who machines, the Dalek head in the game's neat topper actually moved. Of course, this feature was cut from the production machines as a cost-cutting measure. Booooo.

Doctor Who's 60th Anniversary Was Made Possible by a Pinball Game

With Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary next year, it might be surprising to know that a forgotten pinball machine set the stage years ago.

Here's a couple of pictures that I took of the machine at the Silverball Retro Arcade in Asbury Park, NJ...

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