Original 6/26/2015 Updated 6/29/2015
Years ago when I was first exposed to Bally's Doctor Who pinball, I was not a fan of the Doctor Who theme. Because of this, I had zero interest in the pinball machine. More recently, however, I was introduced to the new (starting in 2005?) Doctor Who seasons. I was surprised to find I rather enjoyed watching these newer episodes. This made me think I should give the Doctor Who pinball a second (in reality, first) chance. When I came across a Doctor Who pinball at Southern Fried Gameroom Expo in 2014, I gave it a fair shake and really enjoyed it!
I informally started looking for a Doctor Who pinball for my gameroom but the right one didn't come around until, interestingly enough, a year later at the 2015 Southern Fried Gameroom Expo 2015. I purchased the game on Saturday morning but I wasn't able to bring it home until later Sunday because of show rules. I knew these rules, support them, and was happy seeing people play "my new game". But it was odd having to wait in line to play a game I had just purchased!
What's interesting about Doctor Who pinball? Several things!
Note: I'm just getting started with this Doctor Who page so please excuse the minimal content
Below are some images of the Doctor Who game after picking it up from SFGE 2015. After 3 days of constant gameplay, it needs rubbers replaced and some other work.
Original 6/26/2015 Updated 7/2/2015
My Doctor Who Dalek topper has a little problem. This Dalek's left side is a bit compressed! I've named him Dalek "Lefty" and you can see him below.
I considered a few approaches to fixing Lefty. Apply heat? Cut and rebuild? Or just let Lefty live out his days as is since this doesn't appear to be bothering him. I decided to give the heat method a try after some discussion on Pinside. Here is what Dalek Lefty looks like on the inside.
Using a regular hairdryer, I blew hot air inside Dalek Lefty and attempted to aim it in the area that was compressed. It's pretty hard to directly target the area, but I was able to generally focus the hot air. It took almost no time at all, just 5 or so seconds, before I realized the material was flexing. I'm glad I started off very cautious as I never expected the material to start flexing this quickly! There is certainly no need to use the hair dryer for more than 10 seconds.
I used two methods to decompress Dalek Lefty. I put some wood pieces in to extend the area and support. I also simply used by hands to pull at certain areas. It takes longer for the material to cool than to heat up, so it does remain flexible for a minute or two. I couldn't easily take a picture while pulling on Dalek Lefty with my hands, but below is a picture I took when using the wood pieces.
And below is a picture of the result. Dalek Lefty is significantly improved. This took about 30 minutes. I'm confident I could improve him more, but there is a point of diminishing returns. He looks pretty normal now. At least he doesn't stand out as a special Dalek.
My Dalek has one of the available head movement kits. A picture of the mechanism is shown below.
I do wonder whether the mechanism creates too much heat, which caused Dalek Lefty to develop his condition. I'll keep an eye on this.
I'm not typically a fan of getting pinball machines signed by their designer. Often the signatures are huge and draw too much attention to themselves. Frankly, I think the value of some games is lowered by these extreme signatures. However, Barry Oursler's signature on my Doctor Who translite is subtle, which makes it a great addition. For the record, Doctor Who was designed by both Barry Oursler and Bill Pfutzenreuter.
A close up of Oursler's signature on the Doctor Who translite is shown below. Apologies for the dust speckles.
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