The King's Doctor

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The King's Doctor
Horse Doctor-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for The King's Doctor
Also known as
  • Horse Doctor
  • The Horse Healer
Genre
Written by Kim Yi-young
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s)
  • Kim Jun-seok
  • Jung Se-rin
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 50
Production
Cinematography
  • Kim Young-cheol
  • Kim Hyeong-geun
Running time 70 minutes
Release
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original release October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01) – March 25, 2013 (2013-03-25)
Chronology
Preceded by Golden Time
Followed by Gu Family Book
External links
Website www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/horsedoctor/
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Ma-ui
McCune–Reischauer Maŭi

The King's Doctor (Hangul마의; Hanja馬醫; RRMa-ui; lit. Horse Doctor) is a 2012 South Korean television series depicting Baek Gwang-hyeon (1625–1697), Joseon Dynasty veterinarian, starring Jo Seung-woo and Lee Yo-won. It aired on MBC from October 1, 2012 to March 25, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 50 episodes. The historical/period epic drama commemorated MBC's 51st anniversary.[1]

Filmed at MBC Dramia in Gyeonggi Province,[2] The King's Doctor was directed by Lee Byung-hoon, known for his previous works Hur Jun, Jewel in the Palace, Yi San and Dong Yi.[3] This marked the first television drama for actor Jo Seung-woo in his 13-year film and stage career.[4]

Plot[edit]

The life of a Joseon-era low-class veterinarian specializing in the treatment of horses, who rises to become the royal physician in charge of the King's health.[5]

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Kim Chang-wan as Jung Sung-jo
  • Jeon No-min as Kang Do-joon, Kwang-hyun's father
  • Choi Soo-rin as Joo In-ok
  • Kim Hye-sun as Queen Inseon
  • Lee Hee-do as Choo Ki-bae
  • Maeng Sang-hoon as Oh Jang-bak
  • Ahn Sang-tae as Ja-bong
  • In Gyo-jin as Kwon Suk-chul
  • Jang Hee-woong as Yoon Tae-joo
  • Yoon Bong-gil as Park Dae-mang
  • Choi Beom-ho as Jo Jung-chul
  • Shin Gook as Shin Byung-ha
  • Ahn Yeo-jin as Court Lady Kwak
  • Lee Kwan-hoon as Ma Do-heum
  • Lee Ga-hyun as Queen Myeongseong
  • Joo Jin-mo as Sa-am
  • Uhm Hyun-kyung as So Ka-young
  • Park Hyuk-kwon as Baek Seok-gu
  • Hwang Young-hee as Baek Seok-gu's wife
  • Yoon Hee-seok as Seo Doo-shik
  • Kim Young-im as Jo Bi
  • Oh Eun-ho as Hong Mi-geum
  • Oh In-hye as Jung Mal-geum
  • Seo Beom-shik as Kang Jung-doo
  • Im Chae-won as Lee Myung-hwan
  • Na Sung-kyun as Park Byung-joo
  • Lee Sook as Choi Ga-bi
  • Heo Yi-seul as Park Eun-bi
  • Yoo In-suk as farmer
  • Han Choon-il as doctor at royal horse stable
  • Jeon Heon-tae as doctor at royal horse stable
  • Kim Ho-young as Oh Kyu-tae
  • Na Jae-kyun as Do Seung-ji
  • So Hyang as Kyu-soo
  • Jung Dong-gyu as Shim Moon-kwan
  • Kim Tae-jong as Ji-pyung
  • Lee Jong-goo as Lee Myung-hwan's stepfather
  • Yang Han-yeol as young Ji-nyeong's friend
  • Oh Jung-tae as Doo-mok
  • Kang Shin-jo as Guru Uigeumbu
  • Shin Joon-young as Byun
  • Kim Ik-tae as Joseon's officer
  • Choi Eun-seok as Joseon's officer
  • Ki Yeon-ho as Joseon's officer
  • Park Gi-san as Joseon's officer
  • Song Yong-tae as Joseon's officer

Guest appearances[edit]

Episode ratings[edit]

Original broadcast date Episode Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[8] AGB Nielsen[9]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
2012-10-01 01 10.0 (15th) 11.7 (8th) 8.7 (16th) 9.1 (17th)
2012-10-02 02 12.5 (9th) 13.1 (7th) 9.7 (15th) 10.7 (10th)
2012-10-08 03 5.9 6.9 6.6 7.6
2012-10-09 04 9.2 (17th) 9.2 (19th) 10.0 (12th) 11.0 (11th)
2012-10-15 05 11.7 (14th) 13.4 (5th) 10.4 (13th) 12.1 (8th)
2012-10-16 06 12.5 (7th) 12.6 (6th) 12.9 (6th) 13.9 (5th)
2012-10-22 07 15.0 (3rd) 16.1 (3rd) 14.3 (4th) 15.6 (3rd)
2012-10-23 08 15.3 (5th) 16.9 (4th) 14.3 (5th) 16.9 (3rd)
2012-10-29 09 13.1 (4th) 14.8 (4th) 13.4 (3rd) 15.2 (3rd)
2012-10-30 10 14.0 (9th) 16.0 (5th) 13.5 (7th) 15.1 (5th)
2012-11-05 11 14.5 (5th) 16.0 (4th) 14.7 (4th) 15.9 (4th)
2012-11-06 12 15.5 (4th) 17.1 (4th) 15.4 (4th) 16.8 (4th)
2012-11-12 13 13.8 (9th) 14.0 (5th) 14.6 (4th) 16.4 (4th)
2012-11-13 14 16.4 (4th) 17.8 (3rd) 16.8 (4th) 18.5 (3rd)
2012-11-19 15 15.7 (5th) 17.9 (4th) 17.8 (3rd) 20.0 (3rd)
2012-11-20 16 16.7 (4th) 17.4 (4th) 18.1 (3rd) 20.3 (3rd)
2012-11-26 17 17.0 (4th) 19.1 (3rd) 17.7 (3rd) 19.5 (3rd)
2012-11-27 18 17.8 (4th) 19.9 (3rd) 18.9 (3rd) 20.6 (2nd)
2012-12-03 19 19.1 (4th) 21.4 (3rd) 18.0 (3rd) 19.7 (3rd)
2012-12-04 20 18.7 (2nd) 21.7 (1st) 17.8 (2nd) 19.1 (1st)
2012-12-10 21 17.6 (3rd) 19.7 (1st) 16.0 (4th) 17.5 (2nd)
2012-12-11 22 17.4 (3rd) 20.7 (3rd) 17.4 (3rd) 18.8 (3rd)
2012-12-17 23 17.5 (3rd) 19.0 (3rd) 17.7 (3rd) 19.0 (3rd)
2012-12-18 24 18.0 (3rd) 19.7 (3rd) 18.9 (3rd) 20.6 (2nd)
2012-12-24 25 17.2 (3rd) 19.3 (3rd) 17.1 (3rd) 19.1 (3rd)
2012-12-25 26 20.2 (3rd) 21.7 (3rd) 19.1 (3rd) 19.9 (3rd)
2013-01-01 27 18.1 (3rd) 20.0 (3rd) 18.1 (3rd) 19.4 (3rd)
2013-01-07 28 18.3 (3rd) 20.7 (3rd) 16.6 (3rd) 17.7 (3rd)
2013-01-08 29 20.3 (3rd) 22.1 (2nd) 18.3 (3rd) 19.7 (3rd)
2013-01-14 30 18.9 (3rd) 21.1 (3rd) 18.1 (3rd) 19.5 (3rd)
2013-01-15 31 20.5 (3rd) 23.0 (2nd) 19.2 (3rd) 20.4 (3rd)
2013-01-21 32 19.4 (3rd) 21.3 (2nd) 20.1 (3rd) 21.8 (3rd)
2013-01-22 33 20.7 (3rd) 22.9 (2nd) 20.0 (3rd) 21.4 (3rd)
2013-01-28 34 19.4 (3rd) 22.2 (2nd) 18.4 (3rd) 20.1 (3rd)
2013-01-29 35 21.5 (3rd) 24.4 (2nd) 21.0 (3rd) 21.5 (3rd)
2013-02-04 36 22.8 (3rd) 24.8 (2nd) 22.4 (3rd) 24.2 (2nd)
2013-02-05 37 24.2 (2nd) 26.7 (2nd) 23.7 (3rd) 25.8 (2nd)
2013-02-11 38 20.8 (3rd) 24.1 (2nd) 19.3 (3rd) 20.7 (3rd)
2013-02-12 39 19.5 (4th) 22.2 (3rd) 20.3 (2nd) 22.7 (2nd)
2013-02-18 40 21.2 (3rd) 24.1 (2nd) 19.4 (3rd) 21.4 (3rd)
2013-02-19 41 19.7 (3rd) 22.5 (2nd) 18.1 (4th) 19.0 (4th)
2013-02-25 42 20.6 (3rd) 23.3 (3rd) 19.6 (3rd) 22.0 (3rd)
2013-02-26 43 20.0 (3rd) 21.5 (3rd) 19.7 (3rd) 21.9 (3rd)
2013-03-04 44 18.4 (3rd) 20.6 (3rd) 18.4 (3rd) 20.6 (3rd)
2013-03-05 45 18.8 (3rd) 20.5 (2nd) 18.5 (4th) 20.4 (2nd)
2013-03-11 46 19.6 (3rd) 21.7 (3rd) 18.8 (3rd) 20.6 (3rd)
2013-03-12 47 18.9 (4th) 21.0 (4th) 19.4 (3rd) 21.4 (3rd)
2013-03-18 48 18.0 (5th) 20.5 (4th) 18.8 (3rd) 20.9 (3rd)
2013-03-19 49 17.9 (5th) 19.6 (5th) 19.1 (4th) 21.1 (3rd)
2013-03-25 50 17.2 (4th) 18.4 (5th) 17.8 (4th) 20.2 (3rd)
Average 17.3% - 17.1% -

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2012
MBC Drama Awards
Best New Actress Kim So-eun Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Han Sang-jin Nominated
Lee Sang-woo Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Kim Hye-sun Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Jo Seung-woo Won
Son Chang-min Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Lee Yo-won Nominated
Yoo Sun Nominated
Best Drama The King's Doctor Nominated
Grand Prize (Daesang)[10] Jo Seung-woo Won

International broadcast[edit]

Country Channel Series premiere Title
 Japan NHK[11][12] 2013
 Vietnam SCTV Phim tổng hợp October 2013 Ngự y của hoàng đế
 Mongolia Channel 25 November 2013 Морины эмч (Morinii emch)
 Sri Lanka Rupavahini November 2013 ඉසිවර වෙදැදුරු (Isivara Vedaduru)
 Cambodia Cambodian Television Network December 2013 ពេទ្យសេះម្ចាស់ស្នេហ៍ (Pet Seh Mchas Sne)
 Indonesia Indosiar November 2014 King's Doctor
 Philippines GMA Network June 2015 King's Doctor

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The King’s Doctor, Cho Seung-woo's Drama Posters". MBC Global Media. September 15, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dramas Shot in Dramia". MBC Dramia. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Oh, Jean (November 19, 2012). "Historical fantasies a passing fancy?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cho Seung-woo to make small screen debut in Jewel in the Palace director's next series". 10Asia. May 8, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Lee, Rachel (June 25, 2012). "Jo Seung-woo to star in MBC historical drama". The Korea Times. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Lim, Ju-ri (October 4, 2012). "Star of screen, stage accepts drama challenge". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Nam, Woo-jeong (September 25, 2012). "Horse Doctor Lee Yo Won talks about her relationship with Cho Seung Woo". StarN News. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "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 December 26, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Big Winners of 2012 Announced at Drama Awards Ceremonies of Major Broadcasters". TenAsia. January 1, 2013. Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "King's Doctor to air in Japan". The Korea Herald. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  12. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (8 March 2013). "Horse Doctor to Air in Japan and Other Asian Countries". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 

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