A medical drama that is highly anticipated in the K-drama world with its unique concept, Doctor Stranger has finally made it to our screens. The series revolves around Cha Young Min (Rain), an eccentric yet genius medical examiner who can read minds and find the truth by touching someone. With the help of his ‘spirit’ friend – a dead body that he can communicate with, Young Min is able to diagnose people based on their behavior, and find their hidden illnesses.
The show is not really a medical drama as much as it is a supernatural-medical drama and that’s where the interesting part comes in. It’s a unique concept that has never been done before in the South Korean entertainment industry! But does it work?
Why Watch Ghost Doctor?
The show is unique in many ways, with the main theme of the supernatural being an interesting one. It’s a genre that I’m not used to seeing so this was refreshing for me. The plot moves quickly without much dragging and there are no boring moments.
You’ll get to see a different kind of romance as well, where Young Min has been through two relationships: once with a human and one with a ghost. Five episodes into the series and I can say that Doctor Stranger looks like it will be worth your while!
The Good in Ghost Doctor
The plot of the show is interesting, to say the least. It’s refreshing and new for a South Korean drama. Rain does an excellent job as the leading character, Cha Young Min. But it’s not just him who shines in this show; everyone from supporting actors to guest stars put on great performances. The cinematography is beautiful and visually appealing, which brings the viewers into the world of Ghost Doctor.
The scriptwriting isn’t bad either with some really well-written dialogues that are realistic and humorous at times. Other than Cha Young Min, there’s another character named Woo Kyung Ho (played by Park Ji Hyun) who has a mysterious illness and he is cured through a surgery performed by Young Min which was really touching and heartwarming to watch!
And of course, I can’t forget about the soundtrack! The songs they use during emotional scenes are perfect for them and they make you feel like crying without even taking your tissues out!
The Bad in Ghost Doctor
It’s impossible not to compare this show to the other medical dramas that have come before it. The biggest flaw in this drama is the lack of a strong, memorable story line. The main character has lost his memory and he is trying to find out who he is and about his past. But why? That, I never found out. And because of the lack of a storyline, there was no emotional attachment for me and I just couldn’t care about what happened next.
The second bad thing about this show is that the characters are too one-dimensional and quite frankly boring. It’s hard to feel any connection with them because they are all so boring!
Is it Worth it?
This series is definitely worth it. For one, the show has a really good cast with veteran actors Rain, Ji Jin Hee, and Yoo In Na. Also, I’ve heard that the romantic interest between YoungMin and Cha Soo Yeon (played by Lee Honey) is quite a refreshing change to the typical love-rivalry genre of Korean dramas.
The concept of this drama also makes it much more interesting to watch than your typical medical drama. One of my favorite things about this show is how it starts with a bang in every episode. The first 20 minutes are always intriguing as we get to see Young Min solve various cases.
Ghost Doctor is a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for a doctor drama, this show might be the one you’ve been waiting for. But Ghost Doctor isn’t for you if you’re looking for a show that relies on the drama between patients. Still, it’s worth a try.