“Good Doctor” deals with the struggles and triumphs of pediatricians who are devoted to the cause of saving young lives. Also highlighted in the drama are social issues like medical insurance systems that are flawed and the hospital systems that are geared towards profiteering rather than saving lives, which ultimately affects the working environment of pediatricians.
- Drama: Good Doctor
- Revised romanization: Goot Dakteo
- Hangul: 굿 닥터
- Director: Ki Min-Soo, Kim Jin-Woo
- Writer: Park Jae-Bum
- Network: KBS2
- Episodes: 20
- Release Date: August 5 – October 8, 2013
- Runtime: Mon & Tue 21:55
- Official Website
A young man named Park Shi-On (Joo Won) has savant syndrome and a developmental disability. His mental age is that of a 10-year-old, but he becomes a paediatric surgeon. Meanwhile, Kim Do-Han (Joo Sang-Wook), who is the best paediatric surgeon, finds himself frequently in confrontation with Park Shi-On.
When Park Shi-On was a child, he was quite different from other children due to having savant syndrome. Other children did not want to hang around him. Shi-On was always alone, but he did have his older brother and a rabbit. His older brother always took care of Shi-On. Meanwhile, Shi-On’s father was violent and abusive. He even killed Shi-On’s pet rabbit.
One day, Shi-On’s older brother makes a deal with the neighborhood kids. Shi-On and his older brother will enter a closed mine and bring out a bolt from there. In return, the kids will play with Shi-On. When Shi-On and his brother enters the mine, the mine collapses. Doctor Choi Woo-Seok (Cheon Ho-Jin), as part of the rescue team sent inside the mine, finds the brothers and tries to get them out. Only Shi-On is able to make it out alive. Since that time, Shi-On regularly visits Doctor Choi woo-Seok at the government run clinic where he works. Shi-On spends his time there reading medical books. Doctor Choi Woo-Seok quickly realizes that Shi-On has a special ability.
Years later, Shi-On travels to Seoul for the first time to receive training as a medical resident. As he arrives at the Seoul Station, a child is seriously injured by a piece of glass that falls from the ceiling. Shi-On has never practiced medicine before, but he is able to administer first aid from reading all those medical books. He then gets on the ambulance that takes the injured child and his mother to the hospital. Shi-On learns that the ambulance is going to Sungwon University Hospital, which is where he is supposed to receive resident training. He becomes relieved by the coincidence, because he is already late for his interview.
Meanwhile, Choi Woo-Seok, who is now the chief director at Sungwon University Hospital, attempts to convince the other directors to accept Shi-On for training. The group of directors are not happy about Shi-On. When Shi-On does not appear on time, they decide to turn him away for good. Shi-On, though, is right outside of the surgery room where the injured child is receiving surgery. In the emergency room, Do-Han (Joo Sang-Wook) and his team perform the surgery. After Shi-On learns that the surgery is a success, he goes to the meeting room, but only Doctor Choi Woo-Seok is there.
Shi-On goes to an apartment complex for hospital doctors where he will stay. When he sits down alone in the apartment, the apartment door opens and a woman enters. She eventually crashes on the bed. The woman is Yoon-Seo (Moon Chae-Won), a resident in pediatric surgery. She is completely drunk and entered the wrong apartment. Shi-On stands right next to the bed, watching Yoon-Seo sleep.
- Good Doctor Torrent Files takes over the KBS2 Mon & Tue 21:55 time slot previously occupied by “Don’t Look Back : The Legend of Orpheus” and followed by “Marry Him If You Dare” in October, 2013.