I dig K9 and I like him as a hat-tip to days gone by. It helps that he’s silly and (so far, at least) they don’t seem to be taking him that seriously, nor are they over-using him.
I never want to see another Slitheen again. They needed to be handled with a light touch in Doctor Who, and they mostly succeeded, but good gravy, fart jokes are funny maybe once. They are not good aliens to keep bringing back, over and over (and over) again. And their dialogue… oh, their dialogue…
In DW, Slitheen were actually scary, and at times poignant, and relatively complex. They relied more on some really excellent actors than on the rubber suit. These Slitheen are one-dimensional villains with bad planning skills, and watching the rubber suit run down a corridor just isn’t scary. If you don’t have the CGI budget (actually, even if you do), use the green monster shots judiciously.
“Hate” is too strong a word for SJA, but I’d enjoy it more if the writing weren’t so clunky and dumbed down. I’ll probably watch it through just to keep tabs on anything that might be referenced in the DW series, but I’m turning my brain all the way off to do so.
I want BBC America to have an iPlayer. grumble