So remember that North-Korean-doc-in-South-Korea medical drama Doctor Stranger that’s courting Lee Jong-seok to headline? It’s still angling for a March broadcast on SBS (though with God’s Gift – 14 Days premiering in February, it might not be till April). Lee Jong-seok is still considering, and now so is Park Hae-jin (You From Another Star). It’s weird to see someone in a current drama lining up his next project the week after his new show premieres, but can more of Park Hae-jin really be a bad thing?
The drama is about a North Korean doctor who defects and lives as a foreigner in the South. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of Lee Jong-seok as a doctor, and it’s not going so well. But I guess you can’t play high school forever. Or can you? Dramaland sure likes to stretch believability both ways.
Park Hae-jin is up for the role of a geeeeeenius doctor (not to be confused with the above, Hero Genius Doctor) who turns down a teaching job at Harvard and returns to Korea to practice medicine. His character doesn’t care what the means are, as long as he fulfills his goals. Is this going to be Medical Top Team all over again? Because we all know how that genius convention went down. Nobody watched.
This one is set up to be more of a mystery though, which I can see coming from the writer of Conspiracy in the Court. Perhaps the medical drama will just be window dressing for intrigue? One can hope, and possibly pray. Directing is PD Jin Hyuk of Master’s Sun and City Hunter.
Doctor Stranger is preparing for a spring premiere on SBS.
Via Star News
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