Promotional poster for Doctor Stranger
|Written by||Park Jin-woo|
|Directed by||Jin Hyuk |
|Starring||Lee Jong Suk|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producer(s)||Han Jung-hwan|
|Production location(s)||Seoul, South Korea|
|Running time||Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)|
|Production company(s)||Aura Media|
|Distributor||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Original network||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Original release||May 5 –|
July 8, 2014
|Preceded by||God's Gift - 14 Days|
Doctor Stranger (Hangul: 닥터 이방인; RR: Dakteo Yibangin) is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Lee Jong-suk, Jin Se-yeon, Park Hae-jin and Kang So-ra. It aired on SBS from May 5 to July 8, 2014 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 KST (UTC+9) for 20 episodes.
As a child, Park Hoon (Lee Jong-suk) and his father Park Cheol (Kim Sang-joong) were tricked and sent to North Korea. After being sent to North Korea, Park Hoon and his father were denied access to go back to South Korea. In North Korea, Park Hoon was trained to become a doctor by his father who was already a famous doctor. He became a genius cardiothoracic surgeon after attending medical school in North Korea. There, he fell deeply in love with Song Jae-hee (Jin Se-yeon). After Park Hoon's father died, he tried to flee to South Korea with Jae-hee, but lost contact with her in the end. Park Hoon was able to flee to South Korea alone.
In South Korea, Park Hoon begins to work as doctor in a top hospital Myungwoo University Hospital. Meanwhile, he found a girl that looks exactly like Jae-hee, Doctor Han Seung-hee, who claims not to know Park Hoon.
- A South Korean who was raised in North Korea after his father was conned into going over to North. He trained to be a genius doctor in North Korea and later defects to South Korea in a bid to live a better life with his lover.
- Jae-hee is Park Hoon's soul mate who was separated from him while they were escaping from North Korea; Seung-hee is a North Korean woman and is a specialist in oriental medicine anesthesia.
- A genius who graduated from Harvard and became a doctor to take revenge on Myungwoo Hospital, as Park Hoon's rival.
- Kang So-ra as Oh Soo-hyun
- Shin Soo-yun as young Oh Soo-hyun
- Daughter of the chairman of Myungwoo Hospital, a cardiothoracic surgeon.
- Park Hae-joon as Cha Jin-soo (North Korean agent)
- Chun Ho-jin as Prime Minister Jang Seok-joo
- Jeon Gook-hwan as Oh Joon-gyu (Soo-hyun's father and chairman of the Myungwoo Hospital)
- Choi Jung-woo as Moon Hyung-wook
- Nam Myung-ryul as Choi Byeong-cheol
- Yoon Bora as Lee Chang-yi
- Kim Sang-ho as Yang Jeong-han
- Hwang Dong-joo as Geum Bong-hyun
- Kang Tae-hwan as Oh Sang-jin
- Lee Jae Won as Kim Chi-gyu
- Kim Bo-mi as Kim Ah-young (Chi-gyu's younger sister)
- Uhm Soo-jung as Min Soo-ji
- Han Eun-sun as Eun Min-se
- Jung In-gi as Kim Tae-sool
- Kim Yong-gun as President Hong Chan-sang
- Kim Ji-young as Jeong-min
- Kim Sang-joong as Park Cheol (Park Hoon's father)
- Zhang Liang as Sean Zhang (Jae-joon's friend)
Director Jin Hyuk previously directed Brilliant Legacy (2009), City Hunter (2011), Master's Sun (2013). Co-screenwriter Park Jin-woo previously wrote Conspiracy in the Court (2007) and The Kingdom of the Winds (2008).
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||5 May 2014||9.4%||11.6%||8.6%||9.5%|
|2||6 May 2014||11.3%||13.7%||9.4%||9.9%|
|3||12 May 2014||11.6%||13.6%||12.1%||13.3%|
|4||13 May 2014||13.1%||16.2%||12.7%||13.3%|
|5||19 May 2014||14.2%||18.1%||14.0%||15.6%|
|6||20 May 2014||12.1%||15.9%||12.7%||14.3%|
|7||26 May 2014||12.8%||15.8%||13.1%||14.8%|
|8||27 May 2014||12.3%||15.1%||12.5%||14.1%|
|9||2 June 2014||13.0%||16.1%||13.2%||14.7%|
|10||3 June 2014||12.0%||14.8%||11.7%||12.9%|
|11||9 June 2014||10.7%||13.5%||11.0%||12.4%|
|12||10 June 2014||11.1%||14.1%||11.5%||12.7%|
|13||16 June 2014||11.4%||13.6%||11.6%||13.1%|
|14||17 June 2014||11.5%||13.6%||10.8%||12.3%|
|15||23 June 2014||12.4%||15.2%||11.9%||13.6%|
|16||24 June 2014||10.8%||12.4%||11.8%||13.4%|
|17||30 June 2014||10.9%||12.7%||11.6%||13.3%|
|18||1 July 2014||11.5%||12.8%||10.1%||11.2%|
|19||7 July 2014||11.2%||13.7%||10.9%||12.3%|
|20||8 July 2014||12.2%||14.2%||12.7%||14.6%|
- In China, the online streaming rights for drama were sold for $80,000 per episode and the drama was made available for online streaming on both Youku and Tudou where it received 330 million and 50 million views, respectively. As of July 7, 2014 it has been streamed close to 400 million times. Due to the drama's success in China there are currently plans to edit the drama into a film and release it theatrically exclusively in China with an alternate ending.
- It was aired in Japan on cable channel KNTV on November 29, 2014.
- In Thailand, it aired on PPTV HD from April 19 to June 27, 2015.
- In Vietnam, it aired on HTV2 since November 13, 2015.
- In the Philippines, it aired on Cine Mo! (part of the digital TV network of ABS-CBN) every Sunday at 13:00 to 15:00 PST UTC+8 starting January 1, 2017 (replacing Orange Marmalade).
- According to the website DailyNK, which reports on North Korea-related issues, the drama was highly popular among North Korean youth who would obtain it illegally at the jangmadang (markets).
Awards and nominations
|2014||7th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Lee Jong-suk||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress||Kang So-ra||Won|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Jin Se-yeon||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award, Actress||Jin Se-yeon||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||SBS Special Award||Lee Jong-suk||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Jin Se-yeon||Nominated|
- Joo-won, Chung (June 11, 2014). "Love triangle kicks off in 'Doctor Stranger'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
- "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-11-28. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- "Doctor Stranger อัจฉริยะหมอ 2 แผ่นดิน]". PPTV Thailand (in Thai). Retrieved 2016-05-07.