Firstly: Check out the Amazon reviews for 8th season DVD (ok, not all of them but there are some entertaining ones that have been rated upwards so they should be fairly prominent) : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-Complete-8-DVD/dp/B00I3JR9SG/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1413909214&sr=1-2&keywords=Peter+Capaldi
For example: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/pdp/profile/AZE8K1F7MZX6S/ref=cm_cr_dp_pdp
Secondly: I am thrilled with the Flatline episode, it was the kind of episode I have always been waiting for (one of my LJ interests is 2 dimensional gravity experiments).
Thirdly: In answer to your question of how I am liking this season (asked a week or two ago), generally I am enjoying it. I like Capaldi's doctor when he is reigned in (the Caretaker episode was so painful I could barely watch it).
I do agree with your general complain about Moffat and characterization fitting the plot rather than the plot developing around the characters, however I think that we were spoilt by Russell Davies - who, regardless of therest of his faults - did know how to develop characters (at least half of the time).
I remember old Who character development, and it was frankly awful much of the time - even worse than Moffat.
My current big complaints are:
- I know from The Doctor Dances/Empty Child that Moffat ought to be capable of better (but maybe that was what the power of combining Moffat and Davies created).
- I am angry at Davies for introducing the seasonal big story/hints/arc thing as a toy in the arsenal to play with for Dr Who. Davies with the bad wolf thing and harold saxon thing and bees dissappearing handled it well - it was subtle (subtle enough that I didn't even notice the bad wolf references in the 1st season until the characters themselves did), and it did not detract for the episodes. Moffat's season arcs have been about as subtle as a baseball bat carrying a nuclear warhead. I can't bring myself to give a shit what this whole afterlife storyline is going to be about.
I like the 8th Doctor (when he isn't negging Clara). I like Clara. I want to like Danny, but we don't have enough info to categorize him. I loved Disruptive Influence (including in the moon episode).
I loved the little Addams Family moment when he moved the Tardis.