Looks like SBS wants to shake off the ratings doldrums with current Mon-Tues drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo to try and recapture the audience with another medical drama to follow. Doctors with Park Shin Hye and Kim Rae Won was one of the ratings highlights this year and now the network has readied Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim to attempt the same feat. Despite the title I don’t think the drama will have the same teacher-student budding romance or even mentor doctor to subordinate workplace flirting. Instead critically acclaimed veteran Han Suk Kyu is the titular romantic doctor and teacher who gives up a top surgeon career to practice medicine out of love and caring, becoming a mentor who teaches young surgeons played by Yoo Yeon Seok and Seo Hyun Jin the deeper motivations and purpose beyond their top medical skills. The drama has started filming for it’s early November premiere after Moon Lovers wraps up.
Joining leads Han Suk Kyu, Seo Hyun Jin, and Yoo Yeon Seok are veterans Jin Kyung and Im Won Hee, as well as cute young actor Kim Min Jae. Directing is long time SBS PD Yoo In Sik who recently did Mrs. Cop and You’re All Surrounded, but within his long list of dramas is Surgeon Bong Dal Hae which is one of my fave medical K-dramas. The script is being handled by screenwriter Kang Eun Kyung behind What’s With This Family, Gu Family Book, Man of Honor, and Baker King Kim Tae Gu.