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:
House: Doctor. (shakes hands)
Foreman: Doctor. (shakes hands)
Cuddy: Doctor. (shakes hands)
Cameron: 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, the leader of T.H.E.M., a meeting between the Doctors, "Doctor, Doctor" jokes, that song by the Thompson Twins, that other song by Robert Palmer, or people who hold more than one kind of doctorate.
- Lucky Luke has a scene where he's asking a snooty hotel doorman for the location of a law firm.
Luke: Could you tell me where I could find the Chester, Chester & Chester firm?
Doorman: Unless you mean Chester, Chester, Chester & Chester?
Luke: & Chester, that's it.
- A superhero bigwig meeting in New Avengers:
Doctor Strange: Doctor Richards.
Reed Richards: Doctor Strange.
Tony Stark: You guys love calling yourself Doctor. I have three doctorates, you don't see me -
Reed: Doctor Stark.
Tony: Thank you.
- K-PAX, at the planetarium when Prot and Dr. Powell meet four astrophysicists.
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?
- And that was without Colonel Jim Bowie being present.
- Played for comedy in Star Trek Into Darkness when both versions of Spock greet each other in the same way, with no trace of irony:
Old Spock: Mr. Spock.
Young Spock: Mr. Spock.
- Ghostbusters (1984) has a variation with Venkman introducing himself and his colleagues (who all have PhDs)
I'm Dr. Venkman, Dr. Stanz, Egon.
- In Lethal Weapon 4, Riggs and Murtaugh get promoted to captain unexpectedly. They respond by calling their usual captain, each other, and even themselves "Captain" incessantly.
- In Firestorm (1998), there is a scene where Wynt (the retired chief) and Jesse (the current chief) keep calling each other 'Chief'. In Jesse's case, it is out of respect (and habit) while Wynt is driving home the point that Jesse in now the one in charge.
- 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 Richard Scarry's Busytown stories, there is a pig couple named Mr. Doctor Doctor and Mrs. Doctor Doctor. They later have a child, Baby Doctor Doctor.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, you will often see nobles and knights congregating and saying a lot of "Lord X, Lord Y, Lord Z" and "Ser A, Ser B, Ser C".
- Blended with a One Steve Limit aversion in The Hound of the D'Urbervilles. Professor James Moriarty takes his henchman, Colonel Moran, to visit his brother, Colonel Moriarty... who is also named James. And they're discussing a third James, leading to a conversation like this:
Professor Moriarty: James.Colonel Moriarty: James. Colonel.Moran: Colonel.Colonel Moriarty: It's James, James.Professor: James, James?Moran: James, Colonel?Colonel Moriarty: Yes, Colonel. James.
- Stargate Atlantis: As seen in this clip. Lots of Colonels there. McKay, a civilian, 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.Sam: "Doctor"?Dr. Piccolo: Doctor. *slaps Sam**Several "Doctor"s Later*Dr. Sexy: Doctor.Dean: Doctor.Dr. Sexy: Doctor.Sam: *nods**Beat*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. Bertenshaw: Me, Doctor.Doctor: No, me doctor, you Mr. Bertenshaw.Mr. Bertenshaw: 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.All: Goodday.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?
- Spoofed in a sketch in Episode 13:
- 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.
- This is common on Cutthroat Kitchen: the chef-contestants are introduced by Alton Brown to the chef-judge as "chef [name]", then there is a round of "Hello chef"s, then when the judge is done tasting it usually ends with a mutual round of "Thank you, chef"s. Alton sometimes plays into it and adds even more when all the "chef"ing gets particularly noticeable.
- On NCIS, when it's revealed that Jimmy Palmer passed his ME exam and earned his doctorate, Ducky seems to enjoy calling his assistant "Doctor Palmer" instead of "Mister Palmer".
- Subverted by Brennan on Bones, who makes a point of addressing her interns as "Mr./Miss Last Name," as a subtle means of reminding them that they aren't yet doctors. For her interns and colleagues who are doctors, she isn't as strict about using the title (though she still usually does).
- From the Earth to the Moon: After their successful mission, the crew of Apollo 12, all navy officers, receive a call from President Nixon to congratulate them and inform them that they've been promoted to Captain. After the call they all congratulate each other on their new ranks, "Congratulations, Captain.", "Thank you, Captain."
- The Bakshi Mighty Mouse episode "Heroes and Zeroes" had the hero seeking assistance in tracking down missing numbers. As it happens, the Mighty Heroes (Ralph Bakshi's 1966 Terrytoons creation for CBS) have become the firm of "Man, Man, Man, Man and Man—Mighty Chartered Accountants."
- A tradition in academia: When you have finished your research for a doctorate degree, and present it to your doctoral committee for approval, after the presentation, you leave the room and wait for the committee to make its decision on whether or not to award you the degree. If they decide in your favor, one of them (usually your main advisor) comes out of the room and lets you know of your success by greeting you as "Doctor".