Originally Posted by VisionOn
Production values, effects and cinematography improved too.
Interesting. Had the complete opposite reaction about this. Read several tweets from VFX people at about 2 minutes into the show all expressing variations of 'Oh dear...' Became pretty obvious to me that they are depending more on the BBC Wales in-house VFX team than the folks at Milk who've been doing most of the effects for the series.
As for cinematography, I have to admit I preferred the work of last week's Emmy winner Neville Kidd. He won for Sherlock, but was also the cinematographer on the Doctor Who episodes Angels Take Manhattan, The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, and others. He's been DP'ing Outlander, and next he's moving on to the Childhood's End mini series for Syfy.
Production design continues to be done by the brilliant Michael Pickwoad, and looked like it.
Oh, I should add, Capaldi was brilliant. I had my doubts, because I'm not that familiar with his work, but I'm looking forward to seeing more.