Drama Casting & News
Joo-won begins shoots for Good Doctor
by | July 8, 2013 | 129 Comments

Here’s our first peek at KBS’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday medical drama Good Doctor (sigh at the on-the-nose title they chose over Green Scalpel), starring Joo-won (Gaksital) as an autistic savant surgeon. Right now it just looks like Joo-won in a suit (where’s the lab coat and pocket protector?) but I’m a happy camper whenever he’s back in dramaland so I’ll take what I can get.

The new project from the writer of God’s Quiz and the PD of Ojakkyo Brothers is being called a “warm human drama” and stars Joo-won as an autistic savant who has a childlike personality and genius skill for surgery. In the stills he’s leaving his quiet hometown for the big university teaching hospital in Seoul where the drama will take place. Moon Chae-won (Nice Guy) plays a pediatric surgical fellow in the same program as Joo-won, described as a bold and outspoken character who will share a sweet loveline with the hero.

Joo Sang-wook (TEN) co-stars as an assistant professor who has a crush on Moon Chae-won, but is also engaged to Kim Min-seo (The Moon That Embraces the Sun), manager on the hospital’s planning board, and only daughter of the board’s director. Hm, sounds like a political marriage on his part, which would explain the wandering eye. And Kim Young-kwang (Birth Secret) plays a surgical resident who’s the first to befriend Joo-won, the outsider.

The subject matter doesn’t sound overly appealing, but it’s being set up as a heartwarming underdog tale, and it’s full of actors I like. And it would be nice to see Joo-won in something good again. Here’s hoping.

Good Doctor follows Shark and premieres August 5 on KBS.

Via Joy News


129 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. snow_white

    I will be tuning in only because of the actors πŸ™‚
    and I haven’t seen any medical kdrama….so that is also another reason….

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      I think I will give it the first week to impress me but I’m not holding my breath. The guy and his management needs to pick better dramas methinks.

      • 1.1.1 Ivoire

        I have somewhat mixed feelings about this drama as well, however I am trying to stay/be positive about it, so I can support the actors and actresses in it.

      • 1.1.2 eny

        I thought joo won is good actor that always pick good project that’s why i like him . His drama choice is non typical drama with original story, i like he always choose meaningfull drama not only about love betwen man n woman, he also choose strong charracter not just standdart charracter. I like him n Kim Sung soo for acting n project choice

      • 1.1.3 mini

        He picked all the dramas that have everything(directing,script,etc) except 7GCS. I think he is doing well.

    • 1.2 secretlyaddicted

      I’ll tune in for Moon Chae-won. Love her!

    • 1.3 Jo

      I generally like Korean Medical Dramas for the acting they showcase. I’m excited to see Joo Won back in a drama (only, I hope he doesn’t exaggerate his portrayal of aspergers/autism…) I hope the writing is tight and has momentum!!
      I love how in the pictures, Joo Won is clutching tightly to his bags. It already heightens his vulnerability and child-like figure <3

  2. okay

    Joowon sure is working hard. There hasn’t been time to even miss him from tv. Not that I have a problem with that but it’s like he’s in so many dramas in one year that I can’t even differentiate them anymore.

    • 2.1 SS

      Are we talking about the same actor?

      Joo Won’s dramas and roles are very different from one another. The problem is not in being unable to differentiate them but rather how shockingly different he is in each character. I think the problem these days is actors who keep taking on similar roles even if the dramas are far apart.

      • 2.1.1 ilikemangos

        Agree. Any role he’s taken on so far has been completely different from each other from cute and sweet to evil and badass and everything in between.
        I think it’s just there’s never a break period long enough for us to think, wow, it’s been a while.
        The boy takes on a project every year since king of baking with the exception of this year being 2 projects. I admire his hardworking. He kind of reminds me of kim soo hyun and uhm tae woong in that they were always so hardworking and like to be working.
        Not complaining here! i love all men

        • okay

          I wasn’t talking about the characters he plays. I meant that he’s in so many dramas back to back that it’s like he never stopped making that one drama and it just continued with him playing a different character. Do you get what I mean? I don’t mind it and I like him as an actor but I’m kind of tired seeing him in yet another drama only when he just finished one. Just stating my opinion.

          • Fude

            I have the same opinion as you too ! No longer excited to see him in another drama, I think it s a case of over exposure for me.

          • eny

            usually i will be boring see some actor take one project to another in short time, but joo won is different for me because another actor play the same kind of charracter so i’m boring but joo won always really act as different charracter so i’m not boring even i’m impatient, i even watch the cut of his scene in drama really ofter which i never done it to another actor

          • Saturtledaisy

            Just finished a drama? What are you talking about. This is his first project since Gaksital, so it’s been a year!

            Everything else you claim has happened did not happen.

          • SS

            You can choose not to watch his dramas or would you prefer some other actor to take this role? I think someone said before that he should give others a chance, what do you think?

          • Kiara

            @Saturtledaisy “Level 7 Civil Servant” was his last project . It ended around March or April this year.

  3. Shihye

    omg omg omg omg omg i cant contain my excitementa anymore!!! SOMEONE SAVE ME AHHHH

    • 3.1 Toto

      gahhh hehe thats what i feel like πŸ™‚ ..he looks so adorbs as usual!!

  4. Ivoire

    Awwwww Joo-wonie is back, Yay!!!!!! Now I hope to see Latteholic’s comment at some point on this thread. Latteholic, where are you? πŸ™‚

    I am looking forward to this drama and to seeing how Joo-won will act his part. I am also curious about how the drama will handle the relationship between JW’s character and MCW’s character.

    • 4.1 Ivoire

      GF made me laugh at her persistence to not want to mention 7 Level, the last drama JW and KMS were in. That was funny to me…

      • 4.1.1 anonymous

        I think she is trying to forget that drama.
        And you reminded her πŸ™‚

        • Ivoire

          I did, didn’t I? πŸ™‚ I must be one of the very few who actually liked that drama. To each her own, right? πŸ™‚

      • 4.1.2 pogo

        I prefer to call it Drama Voldemort, a.k.a. The Drama That must Not Be Named.

        • Nanaki


        • Ivoire

          @ Pogo, I see…

    • 4.2 latteholic

      I’m here, Iv! And definitely looking forward to seeing Dr Moon! πŸ™‚ (after my so-called drama break πŸ˜€ )

      It’s funny how it’s the second year that his drama air around the same time as SJS’s drama…

      • 4.2.1 Ivoire


        Finally!!!! πŸ™‚ I thought about posting this article on a certain page to get your attention, but I thought I would let you find out about this by yourself and that I would wait patiently. My patience paid off :-)…

        Also, Awwwww for calling me Iv πŸ™‚ I haven’t been called that in a very long time, and Shukie was the one who would call me that. I am not active on OT, so I haven’t interacted with her in a long time. You made my day.
        I loved the “Dr. Moon” and this “after my so-called drama break :-)” I loved that!!!! Is that even happening :-)??? (Like really? πŸ™‚ )

        So Dr Moon will be on at the same time that SJS will be on as well huh? I am thinking you are not going to want to choose and you will just watch both. Am I right? πŸ™‚

  5. luvhee107

    many good actors and actress. hopefully it will be a hit drama for Joo Won.

    taking GF’s quote, hahaa.. πŸ˜€

    ”And it would be nice to see Joo-won in something good again. Here’s hoping.”

  6. girlatsea

    Ahh I hope this is good. Moon Chae-won always manages to pick great projects so I’m putting my faith on her ^^

  7. exquisitemelody

    On my list to check out!! I haven’t watched a medical drama yet, but the actors have me interested in at least checking it out. I haven’t managed to finish anything Joo Won is in…maybe 3rd time is a charm?

    • 7.1 Kiara

      Well, with Moon Chae-won and Joo Sang-wook I believe I’m finally going to finish a drama with Joo Won in it. Maybe even love the guy. This is going to be a challenging role so I hope he’ll bring it.

  8. snow

    am i the only one shipping Moon Chae-won with Joo Sang-wook for this drama? XD

    • 8.1 ilikemangos

      me and you both!

    • 8.2 JoAnne

      Since that leaves room for epic bromance between the cuties JooWon and Kim Young-Kwang, ship away, ship away, ship AWAY!

    • 8.3 jomo

      and me!

    • 8.4 Kiara

      Count me in. I Love them both.

    • 8.5 Gaeina Lee

      ..and me too!

    • 8.6 Jushi

      Me az well!! It’ll be more ‘heat warming’ if they’ll play the bromance card in this drama rather than them competing over a girl.

      Plus! Moon Chae Won sophisticated demeanor works well with mature looking guy like Joo Sang-Wook.

    • 8.7 Chaeki4ever

      me ship! a lot!

  9. Mieosa

    Medical drama and awesome main leads – both checked YAY this drama is right up my alley!!

  10. 10 Chun chun


    I want to meet you ASAP.

    I only acknowledge you and your 3 KBS dramas puppy and I really hope this one will be a good one too. Please show.

    Looking forward to his interaction with Moon Chae Won. Can the Ojakgyo Brothers’ PD bring back the sweeeeet and beautiful love like what he did with Joo Won and Uie.

    Moon vs Moon. Is it August yet?!!

  11. 11 Elfie

    OMG I love all of the cast!! Especially MCW! Definitely gonna tune in to this drama!! πŸ™‚

  12. 12 redfox

    you know it is odd that Joo Won, who looks totally 18 with his pouting, plays a surgeon (which takes 10 years of studying, so they can be at least 29-30), while Lee Min Ho plays a highschooler…. while he can totally pass for older than 27, as seen in Faith…

    • 12.1 SS

      Would it work if they switch roles? Joo Won in Heirs and Lee Min Ho in Good Doctor?

      • 12.1.1 jumpingbunny

        Oh nonononono.

        I would definitely say no to this switch. I love JW with what he’s doing. Even L7 is a flop, I still love his acting so much. He’s lovely and adorable as Gil Ro.

        I always consider JW as a real actor, please stay away from those kind of idol or flower boys drama. JW is the best for all those heavy or emotional roles. He acts by heart, not by technique or his pretty face.

        • pogo

          I would personally love to see that switch (on the off chance that the Heirs role is not just plain old Flower Boy-ness, and also for Joo-won pairing with Park Shin-hye) but I’m fine with the way things are on the medical drama front.

          • jumpingbunny

            WOh, thank you for ur idea. Then could you count me on ? Pouty and jealous Joo Won is one of the cutest things.

        • redfox

          yeah I guess considering the character is a savant (which is odd too though, cause most autistic people I personally know dont like to see blood!) but it gives a more serious and difficult nuance to the role.

          • marowediva

            I’m trying to wrap my head around the idea of an autistic savant becoming a surgeon…This stretches the poetic license to the max!!! Personally, I would not want any kind of retardation in my doctor especially in a surgeon. Believe me I work with surgeons everyday as an O.R. nurse and some of them are just retards even on a normal day. It would be highly difficult to operate on a patient especially since autistic people tend to not be interactive with others.
            I can’t imagine how an autistic surgeon would be able to get through the necessary face to face interviews with patients in medical school and after to get a thorough physical exam and history before cutting them up? It boggles the mind….

        • luvhee107

          I am with you..

        • maryss

          couldn’t agree with u more ^^

  13. 13 Nina

    Ahhh! This looks awesome!
    I love the color palette of the photo shoot. Gray on gray…it looks like Joo-won’s character is just blending into the background, looking lonely and estranged. Perfect motif πŸ™‚

  14. 14 anonymous

    Joo-won with KBS is best . They have produced megahits like OB, Baker King and Gaksital.
    Now i hate MBC for ruining his perfect career with that crap drama.

    • 14.1 Langit13iru

      let’s hi-5. i just posted it below… KBS/JooWon is the best OTP. Nothing can stop it. πŸ™‚

  15. 15 mira

    thanks gf !! me too hope it will be good !! btw there are also Abe and Kimura Taro in this drama πŸ™‚

  16. 16 Mystisith

    Seems like a solid product, this drama. I’m all for heartwarming human shows: KBS niche? I just hope they won’t drop the ball like with Ad Lee Tae Baek (awesome start then pschitt…). Crossing fingers since I’m in the mood for a medical drama.

  17. 17 idless

    JW drama comeback – Yay!
    His hairstyle – NO.

    • 17.1 luvhee107

      for some unidentified reason I love his hairstyle whe he’s wearing ‘Gaksital uniform’. hahaa. πŸ˜€

  18. 18 Addy

    I am totally shipping the leads. Moon/Moon couple!!! Or maybe Moon-Won sounds better…

  19. 19 Langit13iru

    I have the faith with this OTP JooWon/KBS. KBS bring the best out of JW and finally we have Joo Sang Wook on public TV. Can’t wait to see them on my tv. I love you KBSW

  20. 20 crazedlu

    He’s so darn cute. Ha. We’ll see about this one.

  21. 21 come2noona

    I really hope they do the whole “autistic savant” thing well. If they turn it into something it is not, I will be disappointed. Despite that, I like the leads and I am looking forward to checking it out.

  22. 22 ilikemangos

    This is such a gorgeous cast. There’s no one that doesn’t float my boat; they’re all likeable.
    They’re going to have some good chemistry with each other i predict, but one can never guarantee chemistry.
    Either way i’ll be tuning in, and this will be my first medical k-drama. Hope it doesn’t disappoint.

    • 22.1 JoAnne

      My first as well, since I refuse to count the tiny bit of Jin I watched as a ‘medical’ or even a ‘drama’.

      Since all dramas HAVE hospital scenes…I sort of feel like I have watched medical dramas, but I haven’t.

      • 22.1.1 ilikemangos

        What is this Dr.Jin you speak of?
        I am in the same boat as you.
        There’s a bunch of hospital scenes in k-dramas but i have yet to watch one that is centered around the lives of doctors yet.

        • Mar

          I hope the medical stuff makes sense, because mostly when I watch shows with any medical stuff I’m scratching my head trying to figure out how someone can have terminal gallbladder cancer, and I’m like huh, can’t you just yank that bad boy out and call it a day? I have to chalk it up to confused subs or go starkers.

          • waverly

            Lol. I also hope the medical stuff won’t be a whole lot of nonsense. I’m a nurse, so when I see silly medical stuff occur in drama land I laugh my head off.

          • JoJo

            I was wondering how many autistic savant surgeons there are in ROK…I could be wrong, but I don’t think there are any in the US. I did come across an autistic savant butcher once.

          • >.

            Well the drama is from the writer of God’s Quiz(which has lots of medical terms) so I think it should be fairly accurate

          • ck1Oz

            The person could have it as a secondary then there’s no point operating right?

            I hope I am right since I don’t watch this episode. But on research you would find that most Korean medical drama facts are viable options. Just a bit rare or exotic sometimes.

      • 22.1.2 SS

        Did you have to bring up Dr Jin? Sorry, I know it’s not your fault but for some stupid reason, I had the image of Dr Park(Joo Won’s character) sharing gummy bears with his young patients πŸ˜€

  23. 23 Mia

    I wanna watch ^^

  24. 24 Cat

    JOOWON! <3
    i was just watching ojakkyo brothers πŸ˜€ and i feel like i haven't missed him at all. i hope he is getting some sleep though T_T and that it won't be as exhausting as when he was doing gaksital…

  25. 25 hiba omairi

    Voh honey miss u so so so much ! Love u oppa

  26. 26 Toystar

    I can’t wait so happy!!

  27. 27 anonymous

    I fear that the Lee Min Ho’s drama Heirs will steal the spotlight from this drama. I hope they don’t go head-to-head. I want both dramas to be successful as Lee Min Ho was my first kdrama crush and Joo-won is my latest crush. πŸ™‚
    I think i will like it this way-
    Wed-Thu»»Lee Min Ho πŸ˜‰

    • 27.1 Obsidiana

      DonΒ΄t worry, Heirs will only start airing in October…..so chances are high, that Joo won and his team will draw in many viewers for this summer drama:-)

    • 27.2 klio

      Not only are they in different time slots , i think Joo Wons drama will end by the time Lee Min Hos drama begins!

    • 27.3 Naugh

      truth to be said.,i think heir will be the 1st Kim Eun Suk drama to be fail…

      Good Doctor the best!!!

    • 27.4 luvhee107

      LEE MINHO never be my crush but I have BOF, PERSONAL TASTE, CITY HUNTER and FAITH in my stock and I had watch all of them. (my little sister is a fan of him) so I have to keep that drama for her. well, most of his dramas are satisfying and good.

      and JOO WON is definitely my crush ! and I love it when Moon Chaewon accept for pairing with JW in this drama. for sure I’ll catch up with GOOD DOCTOR that’ll be airing on August as well as HEIRS on OCTOBER. I think HEIRS will not steal the spotlight, but SBS’s MASTER’S SUN might be.. since the main lead are very good in dramaland..

      *kamchagiyaa ! I am typing this comment while Lee Minho is winking on the header when I scrolling at The top, fear me~ hahaa.. πŸ™‚ *

      • 27.4.1 Naugh

        Yup…sometimes it’s funny when someone said LMH drama will steal the spotlight..He just got lucky with BOF while his drama after that were all crap…Just looking at his old drama record was laughable..City Hunter was a good drama but his acting still disaster..If there are someone whose going to give a MAGIC to this drama.,It’ll be Kim Eun Suk herself and may be the rising Kim Woo Bin..and Choi Jin Hyuk also stole alot of Korean viewers heart.It going to be them..
        Good Doctor…If there anything hard for viewer to watch this drama.,it’s only their genre.,Medical..Others was perfect…looking forward to this!

  28. 28 Obsidiana

    Yeah! This is the best news one can read after a long tiresome day! Every time I see Joo-wonie in a suit, I have to swoon and fan myself some fresh air! And his cute dreamy and dimply (does this word even exist:-)) smile in the third picture with those dimples……IΒ΄m suffering from a severe case of high blood sugar right now:-) IΒ΄m all in for the ride, as long as the story makes some kind of sense and the chemistry between the leads is unfolding nicely……for the rest I donΒ΄t expect to much! ItΒ΄s just that I donΒ΄t wanna start a drama, thinking that I can spend part of my summer evenings gazing at Mr. Dimples and then in the end, having to drop it because of a bad plot……an absolute no go!!!!!!!!! Fingers crossed!!!!!

  29. 29 Newborn Fanatic

    One more month until I can see Joo Won in a drama again!! “Ecstatic!!”
    He totally stole my heart in Bridal Mask!
    “heart eyes”

  30. 30 Mar

    I am cautiously optimistic that this drama might bring some viewing happies. The cast seems good, none are by favorite people in drama land but I like them okay enough and with the writers resume, I am happy to give it a go. Wow, feels weird to say that, it’s been a long time.

  31. 31 waverly

    Yay! I’m excited for this one. I hope this will be as promising as it sounds. Everything out there right now is too cliche or uninteresting.

  32. 32 Susie

    Joo Sang Wook <3

  33. 33 TheTofurkey

    I am SOOOOOOOO excited for this drama, I can barely contain myself. As a student, it is very rare for me to wish that my summer break would go by faster. BUT I REALLY WANT AUGUST TO BE HERE ALREADY.

  34. 34 BlueMars

    I’m SO looking forward to this one!!! πŸ˜‰ The story seems interesting plus it has Joo Won. His character will be a challenge since one mistake can make him too annoying and too childish, he’s autistic but also a surgeon genius!! It has everything to make a great drama… let’s hope they make the best of it ^.^

  35. 35 Rere

    I Love Medical Dramas, so i’ll definitely watching this.. Moon Chae Won + Joo Won = Perfect Medical Drama..

  36. 36 Mohammed

    Hi guys I’m new to Korean drama and this awesome site. Just wanted to say I hope this series is much better than 7 level. Big joo woon fan!

  37. 37 Elle

    Extremely excited about this new drama. It’ll be the first time I watch a medical drama, but for Joo Won I’ll try anything once. heehee!


    I love the cast but just can’t bring myself to feel excited about the hospital element of the plot unfortunately.

    I really wish these two were paired as the OTP of a different kind of story….without medical stuff and ‘child-like personalities’.


  39. 39 Redtop

    Looks like autistic savant just left fashion shoot.

  40. 40 evennow

    Keep crossing my fingers for this. We have

    • 40.1 evennow

      Sorry typo, I meant we have great talents here with proper director and writer. But higher expectation can turn into high disappointment. I won’t do that again.

  41. 41 Rachel

    Can’t wait to see this. Joo Won looks so cute with those dimples and in that suit *SWOON*

  42. 42 Perrie

    Looks good!
    Joo Won looks good, Chae Won looks good, and so does Joo Sang Wook

  43. 43 Ennayra

    Okay, I didn’t bother watching Joo-won’s last drama, so I haven’t seen him since Gaksital – that’s long enough to be apart, right? Lol. I loved Moon Chae-won in Nice Guy, so definitely going to give this drama a chance.

  44. 44 Fuzzie

    I am not a Joo Won fan but I do like Joo Sang Wook, so will give this drama a try. Besides, I like medical dramas.

  45. 45 Jess

    THIS CAST <3

  46. 46 Traveller

    OMG!! I can’t wait for August to come!!!

  47. 47 february

    Jo Won seriously win me in serious act. I dont like him in romcom. He is tge most handsome when he play in serserious tone

  48. 48 Valleydale

    This looks like it could be really good. Certainly, the premise is intriguing. But I sure hope the writers don’t indulge in that maddening K-drama practice of playing fast and loose with basic medical facts, insulting the intelligence of viewers with what’s obviously shoddy medical research. Granted, I’ve never seen a medical K-drama, only medical portions of other dramas that left me shaking my fist at the screen in sheer consternation. Others, who have some history of medical drama viewing, might be able to better assess whether this one has a chance of being both good AND medically accurate. I like Joo Won as an actor, and definitely plan to tune in for the first couple of episodes at least, but I simply don’t see why he’s considered such a sexy drama idol. His cheek bones are a bit too defined for my taste, giving him the slightly disconcerting look of a ventriloquist’s dummy when he smiles broadly. Sorry if I’ve pinched the feelings of Joo Won’s most ardent fan girls. But, to each her own…

    • 48.1 eny

      i don’t really care is he’s not handsome as long as he’s good actor n has good drama taste

    • 48.2 eny

      i don’t really care is he’s not handsome as long as he’s good actor n has good drama taste, usually i’m not intersted with pretty boy i like mature man but i really love joo won acting

    • 48.3 mini

      He was never consider as idol by his fans or himself. He climbed to the position he is now based on his acting.most of him fans love and support him because of his personality and realistic acting. πŸ™‚

      • 48.3.1 jumpingbunny

        I’m with you. Even I admit he’s like a cute bunny for me.

      • 48.3.2 jumpingbunny

        I see Joo Won very different from other artists. Besides interviews and some photo-shoots, he never goes abroad for a magazine-shooting. He even rarely goes to the events and promoting activities like other celebrities. I only see him working and working. I sometimes hope he can rest himself a little, but its his life-style and his choice. So I respect and will only support him.

        • mini

          IKR. He is a workaholic .But he work for him dream towards becoming a veteran actor,not much for popularity.I admire him for that.

          I noticed him first because of his acting.but he is cute puppy for me.in my eyes^^

  49. 49 Angeliam

    Dont jugde me i watched all lee min ho’s dramas but only watch baker king for joo won. I think jw is way better in acting. I have hope in moon chae won so im not scare of heirs at all. Let the competition begins.

  50. 50 crixa

    Soooo EXCITED for this! Caps lock of the word EXCITED is not even enough! I love Moon Chae Won. I haven’t watched any of Joo Won’s projects yet but I’m so hyped that he’ll be paired up with my most favorite young actress. I heard a lot about Joo Won so I’m crossing fingers that I’ll love him too just as much I loved Song Joong Ki. and I love the fact that they’re of the same age! No noona-dongsaeng, oppa-dongsaeng love line! Can’t contain my feels.~~~

    • 50.1 Dramafed1782

      Actually Joo Won is younger to Moon Chae Won. He is Sep’87 and MCW is Nov’86. But it’s cool, their age difference is not very visible. However, the actor Kim Young Kwang in the drama who is playing JW’s friend is the age breaker. He is in Jan’87 which is closer to MCW and if it’s fine by him, JW can call him his friend otherwise he needs to call him hyung.

      • 50.1.1 crixa

        Oh thanks for the info. I was actually not sure whether they were of the same age or what but at least they’re of the same generation/age- range or something like that. I’m not sure what I’m talking about here. I hope you know what I mean. πŸ™‚ Yay for Won-Won couple!

        • Dramafed1782

          It’s cool crixa πŸ™‚ I understand what you’re trying to tell. Totally hoping that the OTP of Moon-Won / Won-Wook makes me go squishy. I love the romance and the bromance πŸ˜€

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