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I'm staring at the "doctor" section, and I can't help but feel like I've forgotten someone.
Title text: I'm staring at the "doctor" section, and I can't help but feel like I've forgotten someone.


Explanation

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A tournament bracket shows the planned series of games in a tournament. In this comic Randall has shown a plan for a tournament between a wide range of cultural icons, both real and fictional, based mostly on similarities in their names. Various internet groups have speculated on who would win in a fight between characters from different films. It may be relevant that the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is soon to be released where the two namesake superheros, Batman and Superman fight against each other.

Shallots, scallops, and scallions are similar sounding words, therefore may be confusing for some individuals. They are not people, but other life forms. This probably hints that Randall probably confuses the three.

The title text is possibly talking about Dr. Dre, particularly as a reference to his 2001 song "Forgot About Dre". Alternatively, the title text could simply be a reference to the large number of pop culture personas that include the word "Doctor", such as Doctor House, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Dr. Watson, "Doc" Brown, Dr. Seuss, Dr Pepper, Doctor Doom, and many others. (Or, in fact, why not Dr. Zoidberg?) Another possibility is that the title text is supposed to make the readers ask themselves "Doctor who?" Though "The Doctor" is already listed, this could refer to either Doctor Who or the Star Trek: Voyager character.

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[A tournament bracket with the following:]
Louis Armstrong
Neil Armstrong
Lance Armstrong
Stretch Armstrong
Jeff Gordan
Jeff Bridges
Jeff Daniels
Jack Daniels
Orson Welles
H.G. Wells
Geroge Orwell
Wells Fargo
Kurt Russell
Russell Brand
Russell Crowe
Russell Simmons
Richard Simmons
Gene Simmons
Gene Hackman
Hugh Jackman
Alan Rickman
Alan Parsons
Alan Partridge
Jenny McCarthy
Joseph McCarthy
Eugene McCarthy
Eugene V. Debs
Gene Wilder
Olivia Wilde
Oscar Wilde
Oscar De La Renta
Oscar De La Hoya
Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicholson
Phil Mickelson
Nicholas Nickelby
Ryan Adams
Bryan Adams
Chubby Checker
Fats Domino
Colin Firth
Colin Farrell
Will Ferrell
The Farrelly Brothers
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Danny Glover
Donald Glover
Donnie Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Shuttleworth
Philip Pullman
Bill Pullman
Bill Paxton
Bill Murray
Dan Aykroyd
Ginger Rogers
Mister/Fred Astaire/Rogers
Mister Spock
Doctor Spock
Doctor Octopus
Doctor Manhatten
Doctor Strangelove
Doctor Strange
Dr. No
The Doctor
Cory Doctorow
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Jenny Lewis
Xeni Jardin
Chris Evans
Chris Hemsworth
Chris Pine
Chris Pratt
Shallots
Scallops
Scallions
Siouxie Sioux
Suzanne Vega
Tom Arnold
Arnold Palmer
Amanda Palmer
Wes Craven
Wes Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson
Poul Anderson
Sir Walter Scott
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Francis Drake
Frank Drake
Van Halen
Van Morrison
Van Wilder
Robert Van Winkle
Rip Van Winkle
Rip Torn
Natalie Imbruglia
The Body Shop
Bath and Body Works
Bed Bath and Beyond
Beyond Thunderdome
Beyoncé


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