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Hotheaded hospital clashes in Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim

SBS’s upcoming Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim may not have been initially on my radar, but it’s been gradually making its way there; each round of promos has piqued my interest a bit more, featuring solid conflict, strong actors, and a whiff of mystery. Today we’ve got new posters and a teaser, and although I mostly think all medical drama posters look the same, I do quite like these.

The first poster above is the most standard-looking, but I really love the one below, which casts the leads as small children playing doctor, while the next two add a mysterious, noir-like vibe to the title character played by Han Seok-kyu (Secret Door). The drama is set against the backdrop of a dumpy hospital out in the sticks, where a tremendously talented but eccentric doctor (Han Seok-kyu) works, guiding along two younger, passionate doctors (Oh Hae-young Again’s Seo Hyun-jin, Warm and Cozy’s Yoo Yeon-seok) in a story of growth.

This is being described as a “romantic medical drama,” which isn’t quite the same as a medical romance, though I do wish there were a better way to word the distinction. “Romantic” is an accurate literal translation of the title, but the drama means it in a sense of the rose-colored romance of life, rather than in the love story sense. (“Romantic doctor” makes me think of a Casanova, but I doubt our Teacher Kim will be that guy.)

This latest teaser starts out with Yoo Yeon-seok asking incredulously if all the other doctors have gone nuts, continuing when they should stop. We see Han Seok-kyu’s face, and Yoo exclaims, “Are you even a real doctor?!” His voiceover notes that the hospital is strange, and so are the people.

Then, he freezes when he comes face to face with Seo Hyun-jin, who asks in surprise, “Why are you here? Why have you shown up in front of me again?” She doesn’t seem happy about it, and suggests that they act like strangers for the time that they’re both here. Yoo then asks Han Seok-kyu, “Are you a good doctor… or the best doctor?” (Psst, it’s a drama. Always go with best.)

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim will take over SBS’s Monday-Tuesday timeslot from Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, which ends today. The drama premieres next Monday, November 7.

Via Star News

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I miss the hospital (*studying for specialty boards*), so imma give this a whirl. I just hope it wont bore the heckles out of me like Doctors.

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the kid version poster is adorable...

I hope the drama to be good

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Jin Kyung is everywhere. (Not that I'm complaining, she's awesome. ?)
Show, you better be good!

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I love the second poster! I love the bunny! It's so cute!!

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Yes javabeans- I really like the poster with the kids playing doctor too! So cute!!

Going to check this out... seems exciting at least, and the Geeenius surgeon doesn't seem to have a love line, but the romantic tension between the second leads seems great, so it sounds like it's taking a slightly different route compared to Doctors and BM.

In the teaser at least they were using the defibrillator on a appropriate rhythm (unlike a million of the other shows I've seen that get it so wrong!) so there is hope yet that I won't be rolling my eyes too much. Maybe. ?

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This year's kdramaland is either full of medical stuff or historical ones. Zzz. ?

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I don't know why but the barely lit room in the last picture reminded me of Kingdom Hospital.

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Let's hope the series will do us a solid and be good.

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I'm going to watch this 100% because of the actors involved. Please don't give them a mediocre plot! I'm afraid it's going to flop since it's A) yet another medical drama and B) following Moon Lovers

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I have to admit after episode 20 ending, Moonlovers is a drama I regret watching. Such a major disappointment and it rightly flopped in ratings earlier because of the editing and poor decisions by the director. That really showed in the final two episodes. Episode 20 makes me want to throw something at the TV. I'm so freaking pissed at how they ended it that way. Director-nim/writer-nim HOW COULD YOU??? Even the Chinese (original) Scarlet Heart was 10x better. I'm going to go cry now. Moonlovers have got to be one of 2016's most disappointing drama thanks to that damn ending.

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That bunny! <3

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Chilbongieeee <3

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ikr.... that heartache! i hope he gets the female lead this time!

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He got the female lead in warm snd cosy.. but that is a show i want to forget... Lol...

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Love LOVE LOVE the action shot in the first poster. It's so riveting and immediately grabs your attention, all the while telling a story and letting you know what it's all about. I think all drama posters should be like this... Maybe not all, but at least stay away from the dull white backgrounds and posey poses, please. Also love the children playing doctor one, too.

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Is this going to be another drama where the first two episodes show some super strong women and then deteriorates into the usual "saved by oppa" thing?

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This is SBS saying to dramaland: "Sorry for Doctors, guys! Now this is the real thing!"

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I love the childhood poster. Can't wait to watch han suk kyu in dramaland again. glad to see the secret door mess hasn't scared him back to chungmuro.

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Can it become a kdrama without love line?
So it won't be another romance drama which has hospital as their setting. Korean can do that and it did turn good, just like what they did in Misaeng or Signal (love line is only hinted). Okay it's cable, but still korean rightm
There are a lot of things to tell in hospital, instead of romance they can make it to become human drama since korean is best in potraying emotion. Male and female lead can become rival who push the other to be better doctor, they don't have to end up as lover. If they are really the best doctor (as dramaland's rule), their patient should be priority over their crush!

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Shows without love lines can do just fine if the right audience finds them. Look at "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho", which I hope this is more or less the medical version of. One beloved actor brought people in and an endearing series kept them.

I wish more productions dared to do this and train existing audiences to experience new things and maybe bring in new folks as well. Dramaland is too governed by OTPs as a business and therefore in its storytelling.

It looks like we do get romance with the two younger doctors, but that is fine as an extra thing. I think the child poster appeals to so many because it shows people who are dedicated to working together in order to help others, without the adult actors in cool poses or romantic situations being yet again thrown at our face. The youth poster shows warmth and humanity, which such dramas often lack. Heck, Korean dramas in general often lack that.... Too much "draaamaaa", not enough humanity.

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Now if this doesn't become like Doctors, then I might givie it a shot. After all, chilbongie is here.

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I really HATE the title of this drama!! I normally love medical dramas but the name of this drama is so annoying that it's almost putting me off. I might check out the first episode, I'm intrigued about YYS, I have never watched any of his dramas before so it's kind a good reason to try it out...

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romantic doctor does sound kinda tacky XD but I think the name isn't that off putting in Korean hehe oh the issues of translation...

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chilbong-ah! i hope this goes better than warm and cozy...

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I'll give it a try.. I really do hope its not like Doctors!

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Why they always shouting in the hospital? So noisy lol

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So im not the only one who thinks like that.

but from the teaser maybe its more romance than doctors
actually im not fan of the scriptwritter.
but who knows,maybe it would be the good one

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Will dramabeans recap this show?

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GirlFriday, JavaBeans and entire DramaBeans staff. Please forgive me for hijacking this space but all of you MUST watch Romantic Doctor Kim – a crazy stupid title for an astonishingly dark, romantic and intense drama. I am stunned! This is an AMAZING drama! The first episode was startling and sudden and utterly surprising and the twists didn’t just happen in the middle of the episode. The second episode took even more twists and I feel like I’m watching a well crafted Stephen King novel a la K-drama style. Best of all? Han Suk-Kyu as the Master teacher. The moment I realized he had played the king in Tree with Deep Roots, I burst into tears. This is an A=class drama, people. And we owe it to ourselves to pay close attention. Brilliance ahead. No doubt about it.

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@lunatic4kd,

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the DB Cognoscenti will be able to recap this compelling show with a doofy title. The first two episodes felt like they were shot out of a cannon... in a good way. I haven't seen TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS yet, so GINGKO BED is the only production I've seen Han Suk-Kyu in so far. It was Seo Hyun-Jin who caught my eye. I've been a fan since live-watching THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG. I loved her performance in OH HAE YOUNG AGAIN earlier this year. I've only seen Yoo Yeon-Seok in ARCHITECTURE 101 and TWO WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL.

I was able to keep up with the medical jargon in BEAUTIFUL MIND -- and even recognized ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) from that show in episode 1... so am game to live watch.

Fingers crossed for recaps. Pretty please, DB, with a cherry on top... ;-)

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