Jin Hyeok is a neurosurgeon, who wants to marry his girlfriend Yu Mi Na. One day, Mi Na gets into a car accident and falls into coma. Grieving, the doctor tries to find a way to help his beloved. But due to unexpected events, Jin Hyeok travels through time to Joseon. There he meets a girl who looks exactly like Mi Na. Unfortunately, lady Yeong Rae is already engaged to the head of the local police, Kim Gyeong Tak. Meanwhile, the doctor has also problems adjusting to the different living conditions and ethic principles in Joseon.
Dr. Jin is an odd show. It's like watching a train-wreck but you can't look away. The acting is pretty bad and over-the-top (with one or two exceptions), the writing makes little sense, and the directing is cringe-worthy.
For a drama that's been preceded by a hugely successful manga and two other adaptations, there was a lot of source material to glean from and a lot of tips to be drawn. But it seems like it was all ignored. Characters were ridiculously inconsistent (often within the same episode), and were impossible to connect with, because often you wanted to shake them. The directing was fantastic at pulling you out of the moment.
The best part of the show may have been the surgeries, which unfortunately, while realistic, were often unnecessary. Scenes of surgeries that could have been left out where shown in their full plastic, bloody, zoomed in glory, while important,plot driving, character development scenes were left out.
Dr. Jin should only be watched if you really have nothing to do, or to wipe a terrible show off your mind. If you're a fan of any of the actors, skip, and especially so if you're a fan of the Japanese dramas or manga.