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Doctor Who did amazingly bad TV commercials for computers in the '80s



Of course a time-traveling doctor would make TV commercials for computers in the '80s. But for most of us, we'd have to actually travel back to the '80s ourselves to remember the client: Prime Computers.

When most of us geeks think of computers in the '80s, we think Radio Shack's TRS-80, or the Texas Instrument TI-99/4A or even the Apple II and Mac. But Prime Computers?

Prime Computer Inc. was a Massachusetts-based computer manufacturer that was in the bus from 1972 to 1992. The computer, which made a lot of its money providing technology to the banking industry, was unable to survive the race to lower-priced IBM clones in the late '80s.

But at least in the glorious year of 1980, Prime Computer was best known for its TV commercials starring Tom Baker and Lalla Ward, reprising their Doctor Who characters to sell a stack of microchips. Enjoy the nostalgia.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2015 8:40am]


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