Blink Director Hettie McDonald Returns For Series 9!

Hettie McDonald, the director of the ever-popular Series 3 episode Blink, will finally be returning to Doctor Who.

According to the online CV of production designer, Michael Pickwoad, Hettie will direct at least one episode of Series 9, the second run of stories to star Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. The episode looks like it will be produced by Peter Bennett, who was partly-responsible for producing Series 8.

Her only other Who credit is 2007’s Blink, the tale that introduced us to the Weeping Angels, for which she worked alongside current showrunner, Steven Moffat. Since then, McDonald has directed Wallander, Law & Order UK, and two Agatha Christie franchises, Marple, and Poirot – actually directing Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case!

The only other director confirmed for Series 9 is Being Human‘s Daniel O’Hara, who is said to be working on a two-part script by Toby Whithouse (The God Complex; A Town Called Mercy). Frankly, we’ve no idea whose script Hettie will be working on, but it’s fun to speculate… so my vote goes to either Jamie Mathieson (Mummy on the Orient Express) or Tom MacRae (The Girl Who Waited), neither of whom have been confirmed as writers for the 12-episode run.

Looking forward to Hettie’s return to the Whoniverse? Let us know below.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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