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Stalked by My Doctor is a Made-for-TV Movie Thriller franchise on the Lifetime network.

The movies star Eric Roberts as Dr. Albert Beck. Beck, an eminent California cardiologist, is a wealthy Silver Fox, but is also single. He desperately wants to be in a relationship, but has some trouble when it comes to dealing with females. Attempted relationships with adult women usually fizzle out, because he comes on way too strong and is Not Good with Rejection. However, he also has an eye for girls in their late teens. After he saves the lives of several young women, he fantasizes about starting a Rescue Romance with them, leading him to engage in some desperate Yandere tactics toward them. While this is a standard Thriller premise, the Ham and Cheese acting of Roberts and scripts that tend toward self-aware Camp have given these movies a cult following. Thus far there have been five movies.

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  • Stalked by My Doctor (2015): High school senior Sophie Green is seriously injured in a car accident caused by her boyfriend texting-and-driving. Dr. Beck gives her a heart transplant, but becomes smitten with her. After misinterpreting some innocent comments and gestures by Sophie as declarations of love, he pursues her, becoming more unhinged as he goes.
  • Stalked by My Doctor: The Return (2016): After fleeing to Mexico at the end of the first movie, Dr. Beck, now calling himself Dr. Victor Slauson, helps resuscitate vacationing high school student Amy Watkins after a near-drowning in the ocean. Predictably, he falls in obsessive love with her, and gets into a relationship with her widowed mother Linda in order to get close to her.
  • Stalked by My Doctor: Patient's Revenge (2017): Arrested at the end of the second movie, Dr. Beck's trial ends in acquittal thanks to some jury tampering on his part (flirting with a juror). Afterwards, he's hired as a professor at Southeastern Arizona University, but Sophie Green from the first film wants revenge and enrolls at the school so she can start a petition to get him fired. Meanwhile, a student in Dr. Beck's class named Melissa Peterson falls for him and they start a relationship, but she may have some ulterior motives. Also beginning with this film, Dr. Beck's conscience (as played by a Hawaiian shirt-clad Roberts) becomes a character.
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  • Stalked by My Doctor: A Sleepwalker's Nightmare (2019): Now a fugitive, Dr. Beck steals the identity of Dr. Mason Tanner and goes to work at a sleep clinic. His first patient is Michelle Miller, who suffers from "sexsomnia", a genuine condition in which sufferers sleepwalk in pursuit of carnal pleasure. He soon learns that her young niece Katie has come to live with her. She has a sleepwalking condition too, but in her case, she becomes highly suggestible when she sleepwalks, a condition that Dr. Beck has numerous ideas to exploit. Besides being a Stalked by My Doctor installment, this movie is also technically a sequel to Sleepwalking in Suburbia, a 2017 Lifetime Movie of the Week about sexsomnia, with Emilie Ullerup reprising her role as Michelle.
  • Just What the Doctor Ordered (2021): Committed to a mental hospital at the end of the last movie, Dr. Beck escapes and takes up residence in the attic of an empty house, only to have widow Maggie and her teen daughter Alex move in. As expected, Dr. Beck falls for Alex. When she collapses from a heart condition, he calls 911 for her, acts as her in-home nurse, and tries to locate a heart donor for her (after which he plans to kill them and perform Alex's heart surgery himself).

The Stalked by My Doctor franchise contains examples of:

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    In General 
  • Ambiguous Disorder: With his delusions and hallucinations, Dr. Beck seems to have a pretty deep case of schizophrenia, but it's never specifically labeled as such.
  • Ax-Crazy: Well, maybe Scalpel Crazy in the case of Dr. Beck, who has a habit of using surgical devices and drugs as weapons when he gets angry.
  • Black Comedy: Dr. Beck and his schemes are horrifying, but the truly cheesy performance of Eric Roberts makes them funny.
  • Casting Gag: Eric Roberts as an obsessive, possessive creep who inserts himself into the life of a beautiful young (typically blonde) woman definitely calls to mind Star 80.
  • Catchphrase: For Dr. Beck, "We were/it was meant to be."
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Dr. Beck's constant evil smirk counts as this.
  • Control Freak: Dr. Beck. His laid-back alter ego even calls him out on this specifically, suggesting that it's the reason he prefers young women.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dr. Beck starts to take on this trait in the later movies, but his laid-back Hawaiian-shirted conscience fully qualifies, taunting Beck with sarcastic insults and eye rolling.
  • Denser and Wackier: While loaded with bizarre moments, the first two movies play things generally straight tone-wise. Starting with Patient's Revenge, the series turns into deliberate Camp.
  • Depending on the Writer: The first three movies were written and directed by Doug Campbell, with others taking over those roles for the other two. The fourth and fifth films have a definite change in tone, with Beck going from a mere Yandere into Ax-Crazy territory, including violent acts of identity theft.
  • Dirty Old Man: Dr. Beck, who's around 60, has an active libido and pursues women almost a third of his age. Laid Back Beck even uses the specific phrase to rib Beck in Patient's Revenge.
  • Dr. Jerk: Beck is a genuinely brilliant doctor, but also very arrogant, patronizing and bossy when he's in a medical setting. Add being a crazed pervert to all that and he's a truly epic example of the trope.
  • Fantasy Sequence: Several times per movie, and it's always done in a teasing way where it looks like the object of Dr. Beck's affection has suddenly and genuinely fallen in love with him, only to end with a Daydream Surprise shot of Dr. Beck alone.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Dr. Beck's lovelorn nature gives him some sympathy, and he comes off as personable most of the time, but he's a sexual deviant, has a genuine nasty streak, and has no qualms about using his medical knowledge to harm people.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: The first movie depicts a twisted but fairly straightforward case, with Beck becoming attracted to Sophie as she recovers from her surgery. The Return goes more to the realm of unrequited Rescue Romance, while the last two movies see Beck connive his way into treating the girls he's fallen for.
  • Girl of the Week: Each movie has a new young woman as the object of Dr. Beck's obsession, with Brianna Joy Chomer as Sophie (returning to the role in Patient's Revenge), Claire Blackwelder as Amy, Anna Marie Dobbins as Melissa, Angeline Appel as Katie, and Grace Patterson as Alex.
  • Has a Type: For Dr. Beck, young, lithe women around 18, and generally blonde (brunette Amy in The Return is the sole exception).
  • Hotter and Sexier: Beck's fantasies about his targets get more genuinely steamy as the franchise goes on.
  • Inner Monologue: Beginning with Patient's Revenge, Beck starts having hallucinations where he gets into arguments with his conscience, represented by a version of Beck dressed in a Hawaiian shirt with a drink in his hand, a character officially called Laid Back Beck in the credits. A Sleepwalker's Nightmare goes further into Good Angel, Bad Angel territory, with a mysterious patient named Nicky Bismar who turns out to be Beck's evil side.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: With his medical knowledge and skills with sedatives, Dr. Beck uses this a lot in his schemes. Taken fully to the extreme in the first movie when he makes it look Sophie died in a fiery car crash when he really kidnapped her, by using a cadaver to stand-in for her body and altering her dental records.
  • May–December Romance: Beck tries his hardest to initiate one with his targets. Even his more age-appropriate date partners seem a couple decades or so younger than him.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Dr. Beck is a devotee of the "she's rejecting me because she doesn't know what's best for her, show I'll show her!" school.
  • Pop-Up Texting: Text messaging is frequently used as a plot point in these movies, and this method is used to depict it.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Dr. Beck's habit of throwing tantrums, his schoolboy crushes on his targets, and general self-centered nature come off as quite immature. In the first movie, Sophie even compares him to a middle school boy looking to lose his virginity.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Almost a once an episode occurance, with women telling Dr. Beck how inappropriate his behavior is. At best, he ignores them. At worst, he flies off the handle and assaults them verbally and sometimes physically.
  • Relationship Sabotage: Particularly in the first two movies, where Beck resorts to elaborate fraud to mess things up between the girl he's stalking and her high school boyfriend. In the original, he swipes Ryan's phone and sends a vulgar group text comparing Sophie to Bride of Frankenstein. In The Return, he mocks up blood test results to make it look like Amy has herpes, which makes her mad not only for obvious reasons, but also because she thought she and Garth were each other's only sex partner.
  • Rescue Romance: He keeps trying to strike up one with the girls whose lives he saves, but eventually they see through his scheming. The unique twist for this series is that we get to see Beck's fantasies and how he perceives the girls, creating situations where they're totally in awe of him and fall madly in love.
  • Sequel Hook: Every movie has an open-ended final scene, allowing Dr. Beck to come back for the next installment.
  • Serial Killer: Downplayed in favor of his sexual pathologies, but Dr. Beck manages to rack up a bit of a death toll over the course of the series, generally people who get in the way of his pursuit of the girls, like in the second movie, Uncle Roger; in the fourth movie, the doctor whose identity he stole, Katie's boyfriend Leo, Dr. Newman at the sleep clinic; in the fifth movie, two accidental deaths of people Beck had intended to kill—Nurse Chris McCoy and the psychiatrist, plus the death of Gail in the final struggle.
  • Shared Universe: As with many other movies that Ken Sanders produces with Johnson Production Group for Lifetime, Whittendale College is mentioned, as the school that Sophie plans to attend in the original (and rejects in favor of Southeastern Arizona so she can torment Beck in Patient's Revenge).
  • She's Got Legs: Beck's targets all have plenty of scenes where they wear shorts or short skirts.
  • Silver Fox: While, as you'd expect from an Eric Roberts character, Dr. Beck is a bit disheveled, he also comes across as reasonably handsome despite his grey hair. The movies make it clear that he can attract women just fine, just that his personality turns them off.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Dr. Beck acts this way towards his targets. Emphasized in Just What the Doctor Ordered, when Fair Cop Gail practically throws herself at him and he declines.
  • Stalker with a Crush: How Dr. Beck starts out with his targets, with a favorite trick of just happening to show up wherever they're at.
  • Straw Misogynist: Dr. Beck invariably attacks the looks of the women who reject him, like in the first film, when he calls his svelte date a "fat-ass bitch".
  • The Sociopath: Atop whatever else Dr. Beck has wrong with him, he could be considered this.
  • Villain Protagonist: Dr. Beck is the central focus for all of the movies.
  • Yandere: Dr. Beck's obsessive nature, coupled with his targets rejecting his advances, leads him to use force to get them to be with him.

    Stalked by My Doctor 
  • Adults Are Useless: Applies in spades to Sophie's dad, who is in awe of Beck and his credentials, and waves off concerns about his inappropriate behavior with "guys will be guys" reasoning.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In one instance, at least: Beck half-heartedly apologizes for having to chloroform Sophie a second time when Ryan and Sophie's mom arrive at his house to talk to him.
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Happens at the climax when Sophie goes home, unaware that everyone thinks she's dead.
  • Bound and Gagged: Beck ties up and gags Sophie in his bed after he abducts her.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ryan gives Sophie his grandmother's ring. Later when he realizes that the ring she was supposedly wearing when she died doesn't match it, Ryan starts suspecting that Sophie isn't dead.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Even before the accident, Sophie's dad apparently didn't like Ryan.
  • Drives Like Crazy: At the start of the movie, after being rejected by one of his dates, Dr. Beck angrily drives home, going well past 100 MPH.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: The Moral Event Horizon for Dr. Beck is when he kisses Sophie in recovery after the surgery when she's still under anesthesia. Later she has a fuzzy memory of being kissed, but thinks it was Ryan.
  • Idiot Ball: Ryan convinces Sophie's mom that Dr. Beck is holding her hostage, but they can't find her when they go to his house, so her mom just concludes that Ryan was wrong. Gee, maybe you should've checked that large wooden crate in the bedroom that just happens to be the correct size to place a human body into before you left.
  • Improvised Weapon: Ryan swings his cane at Beck, and later on Beck's golf clubs are used by Sophie to fight him off as she escapes his house.
  • Instant Sedation: The two times Beck knocks Sophie out with chloroform, it takes very little time for the drug to take effect.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: From Beck's epic "I AM A DOCTOR!" meltdown to Mr. Green saying "I think you guys are overreacting."
  • Pixellation: Used in Lifetime airings to censor the offending word when Dr. Beck forges a text message from Ryan—"My girlfriend has a huge scar under her left tit. I'm dating the Bride of Frankenstein!" In streaming versions it's left unaltered.
  • Sexual Euphemism: Sophie claims she's never experienced an orgasm, but avoids actually using the word.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: When she's tied to the bed Sophie suddenly acts like she's ready to let Dr. Beck take advantage of her, leading the audience to think this has come into play, but it's just a ploy to help her escape.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: At the end, Ryan tosses his cane aside and runs up to embrace Sophie.
  • A Very Special Episode: Sophie's near-fatal accident being caused by Ryan texting while he's driving, with the relevant statistics about texting-and-driving accidents trotted out at various points, give this feeling to the movie, beyond Beck's antics.

    Stalked by My Doctor: The Return 
  • The Alcoholic: Linda's ne'er-do-well brother Roger, also an unemployed musician and drug dealer.
  • Attempted Rape: At the climax Beck throws Amy onto the bed, but Linda rescues her.
  • Bland-Name Product: A minor subplot involves a brand called Ballo Farms Iced Tea, which has bottles and labels that look exactly like Gold Peak Iced Tea.
  • The Bluebeard: Beck plans to kill Linda on their honeymoon.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Beck winks at the camera at the end after rescuing a choking female prison guard with the Heimlich Maneuver.
  • Butt-Monkey: Uncle Roger. His sister Linda apparently can't stand him, he ends up getting murdered and having his body dissolved in Hollywood Acid, and when they realize that he didn't show up for Linda's wedding, everyone just seems to shrug it off without a second thought.
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Linda rescues Amy by clonking Beck with a champagne bottle.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Dr. Beck barely even touches Amy's chest when he performs CPR on her, and when she resuscitates she just spits out a little water.
  • Face Your Fears: "Dr. Slauson" has Linda do the "climb up while blindfolded" exercise to tackle her acrophobia and lack of trust.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Linda falls head-over-heels for "Dr. Slauson" and quickly agrees to marry him.
  • Hollywood Acid: How Dr. Beck gets rid of the body of Uncle Roger.
  • Karma Houdini: Since nobody seems interested in what happened to Uncle Roger, Beck's charges when he gets arrested apparently don't include murdering Roger and dissolving his body in acid.
  • Literal Cliffhanger: At the end Beck pushes Linda off the deck of the house, but she manages to grab on and climb back up, leading to a Big Damn Heroes moment where she rescues Amy.
  • Mama Bear: Linda conquers her fear of heights and attacks Beck when he has her daughter pinned to the bed.
  • Police Are Useless: When Amy tries to call the police to save her mother from Beck, the police prove to be less than helpful, leading to her going to save Linda on her own.
  • Shown Their Work: Uncle Roger realizes Beck isn't on the level based on a rather arcane bit of knowledge—the fact that Beck claims to have lived in Salt Lake City, but has no familiarity with the city's unique numbered grid system for street naming.
  • The Television Talks Back: A suspiciously-relevant old Medical Drama with characters talking about a bad doctor plays as Beck attacks Uncle Roger, then Beck hallucinates Amy playing the nurse and telling him to "kill my mother then love me forever."
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Amy encourages her mother to date Beck/"Slauson".
  • Whole Plot Reference: With Dr. Beck romancing Linda just to get within striking distance of her daughter Amy, this movie borrows the premise of Lolita. Made explicit in the final scene, where Beck reads a book with Nabokov's name on it and quotes some lines from Lolita.

    Stalked by My Doctor: Patient's Revenge 
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Despite some ostensible attempts to reform, Dr. Beck is still a pervert, still has an eye for young female flesh, and is still willing to use medicine as a weapon. Sophie, while justifiably angry over his not getting convicted, has resorted to questionable vigilante tactics to get revenge, including paying some guys to beat Beck up, planting porn in the student handbooks for Beck's class and having her friend Melissa get into a sexual relationship with him.
  • Call-Back: Besides being specifically a continuation of the Sophie Green saga from the first movie, Sophie uses the exact same scheme Beck used in that movie—place a cadaver in a burning car, then make the dental records match with Sophie, implying that it's her body.
  • Complexity Addiction: If Sophie wants to run a Batman Gambit on Dr. Beck where Melissa throws herself at Beck and he predictably falls in love with her, rather than the whole complicated scheme of faking her own death to make it look like Beck killed her, she could simply have turned him in for fraternizing with one of his own students. Arizona State, the school for which Southeastern Arizona is presumably the Fictional Counterpart, has a policy that strictly forbids a professor from having a relationship with a student while the student is in his/her class.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Sophie and Melissa get into some fisticuffs at various points in the story, all staged, since they're working together to frame Dr. Beck.
  • Faking the Dead: Once again Sophie appears to die in a car fire, but she faked it so that Beck would get charged with the murder, using the same method that Beck used to fake her death in the first movie.
  • Femme Fatale: Seemingly innocent Melissa turns out to be one, coaxing Beck into murdering Sophie.
  • Freudian Threat: Sophie manages to tie up Dr. Beck like he did her, de-pants him, accuses him of having a Teeny Weenie, and is on the verge of castrating him when Melissa shows up. Once again, all staged as part of the Sophie/Melissa plot
  • Gambit Pileup: Beck starts stalking Melissa, only to have her throw herself at him. But Sophie is also around, looking to get revenge on Beck. However, Melissa is actually part of Sophie's plot.
  • Goth: Sophie, with absolutely no explanation, has dyed her hair black and given herself an edgy fashion makeover since the first film.
  • Hero Antagonist: Sophie Green, Dr. Beck's obsession from the first movie, is back to destroy his life.
  • Honey Trap: Turns out Melissa is Sophie's longtime best friend, and was meant to entice Beck into a relationship, to lure him into Sophie's scheme to frame him for murder.
  • Karma Houdini: While Sophie's motives are noble her scheme definitely broke some laws. At the very least she was involved in a premeditated assault on Beck. Beck might have a good case for saying that he helped plot the murder under duress from Melissa, and in Real Life people who have faked their own death have been charged with obstruction of justice.
  • Lady Macbeth: Melissa tells Dr. Beck that they need to murder Sophie, and plots out a whole plan for it.
  • Ms. Exposition: Melissa explains the whole plot to Dr. Beck at the end.
  • Münchausen Syndrome: Beck uses a devious Münchausen By Proxy gambit on Sophie, by spiking her soup with an opioid, then saving her with naloxone, making him look like a hero, and making her look like a drug addict, which gets her suspended from school.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The notorious musical sequence was obviously inspired by La La Land.
    • A Gambit Pileup involving two attractive young women seems inspired by Wild Things.
    • Beck affects a Goldblum-esque stammer in the final scene.
      "I don't-I don't-I don't-I don't-I don't know if I can do that."
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: When Dr. Beck and Melissa seem to be having their first romantic moment together, Beck fantasizes...a bouncy song-and-dance duet between him and her!
  • A Threesome Is Hot: Dr. Beck's paramour in the opening scene proposes that they "share a woman" in the future. Later Beck fantasizes about Sophie apologizing to him and engaging in a three-way with him and Melissa, and his ultimate goal seems to be the three of them in a One True Threesome relationship.
  • Whole Plot Reference: This movie borrows a lot of the plot of Psycho II, with a criminal trying to reform, only to be drawn into a complex web by a vengeful woman from his past.

    Stalked by My Doctor: A Sleepwalker's Nightmare 
  • Call-Back:
    • Michelle's account of her past sexsomnia experiences is a plot synopsis of Sleepwalking in Suburbia, to help viewers who haven't already seen that movie.note 
    • Nicky Bismar talking about enacting one of his dreams in real life by tying a woman to a bed is what Dr. Beck did to Sophie in the first movie.
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy Is Torture: After managing to get Michelle committed to a mental hospital, Dr. Beck poses as her doctor and tells her that he's going to use shock therapy on her. However, in the end it's Beck who gets committed and and get shocked.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Dr. Beck, going under the name "Carl", is working as a busboy at a Greasy Spoon at the start of the movie.
  • Genre Shift: This movie seems to tilt away from the Thriller mode of the previous movies toward Horror, an impression bolstered by the casting of Sleepaway Camp icon Felissa Rose as Dr. Pamela Newman at the sleep clinic.
  • Karma Houdini: We never find out if Leo's roommate faced any punishment for taking advantage of Katie during one of her sleeping disorder spells.
  • Meet Cute: Beck stages one at a restaurant to introduce himself to Katie.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Michelle and Katie have variations on this when they sleepwalk. Michelle stares straight ahead with a blank expression on her face, Katie opens her eyes wide and has a warm smile. Neither woman blinks.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Beck succeeds in using a sleepwalking Katie to lure her boyfriend Leo into a position where Beck can kill him.
  • Oh, Cisco!: At the end of the movie.
    Katie: I don't know about you, but I could use some sleep. (Katie and Michelle both laugh)
  • Rape as Backstory: Soon after Katie moves in with her aunt, she reveals that while she was at college, her boyfriend Leo's roommate took advantage of her sleep disorder to have sex with her.
  • She Knows Too Much: Dr. Newman eventually figures out that Dr. Beck is posing as Dr. Tanner. Beck fatally stabs her.
  • Significant Anagram: Beck's mysterious patient Nicky Bismar tells him "Do I have to spell it out?", which Beck figures to mean that his name is an anagram. It is, for "My sick brain"...Nicky is Beck's Bad Angel.
  • Smug Snake: Nicky Bismar smirks constantly when he talks to "Dr. Tanner" and drops all sorts of hints that he knows about Beck and his past.
  • Stealth Sequel: As mentioned above, this is actually a Crossover between two of Johnson Production Group's productions for Lifetime, the Dr. Beck movies and Sleepwalking in Suburbia, though that movie was a bit more serious in tone than this one.
  • Weak-Willed: The twist on Katie's sleepwalking. She's very suggestible and will comply with any commands she's given. She can even talk. Dr. Beck is at first interested in the sexual possibilities of this, but then later realizes that he can use her as an accessory for murder this way.
  • Zombie Gait: Michelle's walk when she's in sexsomnia mode resembles this (a carryover from Sleepwalking in Suburbia).

    Just What the Doctor Ordered 
  • Covert Pervert: Gail, the police detective Beck meets through a dating website in order to procure her heart for Alex, seems to be even kinkier than him, even suggesting that the CPR dummy he has dressed as Alex "join them" for sex.
  • Curse Cut Short: Gail's "What the f—" is cut off by a hard edit after she and Maggie recognize the picture of Albert Beck as one of the asylum escapees.
  • Fair Cop: Gail, who's hot and sexually frisky, turns out to be a detective.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Dr. Beck accidentally causes the death of a female nurse named Chris McCoy and steals her identity.
  • Hospital Hottie: Beck's fantasy about being back at work in a hospital includes some banter with a hot nurse (played by Kayte Giralt of Too Many Cooks fame).
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: It seems like Beck settles for this in the end with regards to Alex.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Beck attempts to do this, while at the same time getting Alex the heart transplant she needs, when he finds out her boyfriend Scott has the same blood type as her.
  • Offscreen Villainy: Beck apparently incapacitated the heart surgeon at the climax so he could perform Alex's transplant, but we don't see it.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Gail ends up getting killed at the climax.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The broken music box that Alex's dad gave her.
  • Title Drop: Beck does say "just what the doctor ordered'' at one point.
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