FarSight Studios, the developers of the critically acclaimed Pinball Arcade, want to bring the 1992 Doctor Who pinball machine to their collection of digitized pinball machine simulations. And they need your help.
The pinball machine was originally released by Bally in 1992 and features the first Seven incarnations of the Doctor taking on some of his oldest foes – the Daleks, the Cybermen and, of course, the Master. It was a wonderful fusion of licensing and pinball design, as the rules of the table actually change depending upon which version of the Doctor you choose to play as.
It’s long been held as a pinball classic, and now FarSight want to add it to their ever-growing selection of meticulously recreated pinball machines. But there’s a snag.
See, in order to bring the machine to their award-winning pinball simulation they need to cough up the dough for a ton of licenses. Not only do they need to license the rights to the show from the BBC, they need to license the likeness rights for each actor who plays the Doctor that appears in-game. That’s not going to come cheap, which is why they’re turning to Kickstarter to help raise the funds.
Previously the studio successfully Kickstarted the licensing costs to bring pinball machines based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Addams Family, Terminator 2 and The Twilight Zone to the game, and they’re even putting some of the extra money they raised from their Addams Family Kickstarter towards the total licensing costs for Doctor Who, leaving them with a goal of $54,364. Who knew Gomez Addams would come to the Doctor’s aid in his time of need, eh?
At time of writing, they’ve raised just shy of $16,500, putting them almost a third of the way towards their goal. You can chip into the Kickstarter here, and check out the project video below.