When several people of similar (and high) rank or professional stature are gathered, and greet each other with their titles. For the principals, it is short hand for "Wow, we are all really awesome and successful. Isn't that awesome?" For the audience, it serves to point out that this is a meeting of Big Wigs, who will make Important Decisions and discuss Important Things.
The script would look like this:
Chase: Doctor. [shakes hands]
Doctor. [shakes hands]
Foreman: Doctor. [shakes hands]
Cuddy: Doctor. [shakes hands]
Seen with doctors, high ranking military officers, and members of nobility and aristocracy
. A variant is to have introductions between people with the same name. Can be combined with Rocky Roll Call
. This trope is almost always played for laughs, and happens to be Truth in Television
Not to be confused with the 1989 sitcom Doctor Doctor
, "Doctor, Doctor" jokes
, or people who hold more than one kind of doctorate
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- K-PAX, at the planetarium when Prot and Dr. Powell meet four astrophysicists. See clip
Prot: "Doctor — Doctor — Doctor — Doctor. How many doctors are there on this planet?"
- Catch Me If You Can, when Frank pretends to be a doctor.
- Kermit and Pepe do this in Muppets from Space.
- Spoofed in Airplane!
Tower guy: We're all ready sir. This is Captain McCrosky, Captain Roberts, Captain Kramer, Captain Kolosomo. Captain Henshaw, this is Captain Gatz. Captain Kramer, Captain Gatz. Captain Henshaw, Captain Roberts...
- Spies Like Us has this as an Overly-Long Gag, punctuated by a guest shot by Bob Hope. Watch it here.
- Defied in the 1960 film The Alamo:
Travis: My rank is colonel.
Crockett: So's mine. Wouldn't we sound silly jabbering "Colonel, Colonel" at each other like a couple of bluejays?
- "McQueen, the Queen. The Queen, McQueen."
- An absolutely hilarious version in Star Trek Into Darkness when Alt!Spock calls Prime!Spock:
Spock: "Mr. Spock."
Spock: "Mr. Spock."
- Honor Harrington is filled with scenes like this, and as Honor rises in society, the volume of Dukes and Admirals only increases.
- In one of the Busy Town stories, there is a pig couple named Mr. Doctor Doctor and Mrs. Doctor Doctor. They later have a child, Baby Doctor Doctor.
Live Action TV
- Stargate Atlantis: As seen in this clip. Lots of Colonels there. McKay ends the introductions with: "Seriously?"
- Stargate SG-1 in the episode "Tangent," when the team meets General Vidrine, and in "Frozen", when Doctor Fraiser accompanies them to visit a team of doctors in Antarctica. When the joke runs its course, O'Neill puts a stop to it.
- Supernatural: When Sam & Dean are Trapped in TV Land as doctors on the set of "Dr. Sexy M.D." and they meet the eponymous Dr. Sexy.
Sexy Doctor 1: Doctor.
Sexy Doctor 2: Doctor.
Dr. Piccolo: Doctor. *slaps Sam*
*Several "Doctor"s Later*
Dr. Sexy: Doctor.
Dr. Sexy: Doctor.
Dean: *whacks Sam*
Sam: *rolls eyes* Doctor.
- The Big Bang Theory: Clip. Drs Gablehauser, Koothrappalli, Hofstadter, and Cooper in one room, with one Mr Wolowitz who only has a Master's Degree. But who doesn't, right?
- Monty Python's Flying Circus:
- Spoofed in a sketch in Episode 13:
Doctor: Mr. Bertenshaw?
Mr. Bertshaw: Me, Doctor.
Doctor: No, me doctor, you Mr. Bertenshaw.
Mr. Bertshaw: My wife, doctor...
Doctor: No, your wife patient. (etc. etc. etc.)
- "Bruces" sketch, when Michael Baldwin gets introduced to the other characters, all named Bruce.
Fourth Bruce: Goodday, Bruce, Hello Bruce, how are you, Bruce? Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce a chap from pommie land... who'll be joining us this year here in the Philosophy Department of the University of Woolamaloo.
Fourth Bruce: Michael Baldwin - this is Bruce. Michael Baldwin - this is Bruce. Michael Baldwin - this is Bruce.
First Bruce: Is your name not Bruce, then?
Michael: No, it's Michael.
Second Bruce: That's going to cause a little confusion.
Third Bruce: Mind if we call you 'Bruce' to keep it clear?
- One episode of M*A*S*H, where a visiting major introduced himself to Majors Burns and Houlihan, Hawkeye throws himself in with the lot and nobody skips a beat.
- Frasier, when Lilith and Frasier introduce themselves to the headmaster of Marbury Academy in the episode "A Little Thanksgiving." The scene is immediately prefaced with the title card, "Stop saying 'Doctor'."
- Done in a fantasy on That '70s Show when Fez is upgraded in the same manner as The Six Million Dollar Man, except he isn't as needy and obsessive over girls when Eric, Kelso and Hyde all shake hands. Then given a one-two punch of comedy when Kelso leans in to kiss Eric, prompting a surprised rejecting, "Whoa, Doctor..." from Eric.
- In Anyone Can Whistle, Hapgood explains that this trope is the reason that everyone thinks he's the local asylum's new doctor when he is actually its latest patient.