Sorry I didn't see this before my modem went kaflooey, but you've hit the nail on the head, Austin. The show just isn't fun. It's not all Capaldi's fault, though; the stories all have an old-timey SF/fantasy quality to them, miles away from cutting edge. One episode a couple of weeks ago was more Twilight Zone than Who. There are occasional flashes of wit, but they're few and far between. Different writers from the ones who did the Matt Smith episodes.