Doctor Stranger: Lee Jong-seok in, Park Min-young out
Casting confirmations are in for SBS’s spring Monday-Tuesday drama Doctor Stranger, with a yes from Lee Jong-seok (I Hear Your Voice) to play the hero, and a no from Park Min-young (Dr. Jin), leaving him without a leading lady for now. Is it wrong that I care more about whether or not he’ll still have that blonde hair for the drama? It’s breaking my heart, that hair. He couldn’t possibly keep it to play a North Korean defector surgeon, right? Just nod and tell me it’ll all be okay.
Doctor Stranger is described as a medical spy melodrama, which is, strangely enough, not even the strangest genre mashup drama Lee Jong-seok has ever done. Buuuuut… it comes pretty close. I mean, what on earth is a medical spy melo–guns, scalpels, and birth secrets? Or is that just the constellation of genres that covers a story about a North Korean doctor who works in a hospital and falls in love? I know we were joking about this being Covertly Grandly Doogie Howser, M.D. but why does that not seem so far off the mark anymore?
Lee Jong-seok has signed on to play the hero with a mysterious past, though we’re told that he was kidnapped with his doctor father at a young age and taken to North Korea. (If he’s actually from the South then doesn’t that throw the whole stranger motif into question? Maybe that’s the point.) He’s raised to be a doctor just like his father, and then after defecting to the South, he works at a top hospital where he’s treated as a foreigner. The only thing that matters to him is finding a way to bring his sweetheart to South Korea, and he’ll stop at nothing to reunite with her. The complication will be a new love interest who looks exactly like her.
Park Hae-jin (You From Another Star) was the first to sign on as the second lead, and he’ll play yet another geeenius doctor at the hospital. Also joining the show is Kang So-ra (Watch Out For Fools), who will play a cardiothoracic surgeon and the chief’s daughter. Directing is PD Jin Hyuk of Master’s Sun and City Hunter, and writing is Park Jin-woo of Conspiracy in the Court.
Doctor Stranger will follow Lee Bo-young’s new drama God’s Gift–14 Days, which puts the premiere in April.
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