You know, I love a good buildup. I am often guilty of spending way too much time on buildup in my own stories. I also love Capaldi.
But, I must say I think you are giving Capaldi a little too much credit here, yes, he plays perfectly for Moffatt’s style, but, Moffatt has gotten better at creating buildup, too. Part of that is relying more on the 2 episode format, giving everyone a little more time to play with, but also just plain skill. “Listen” is one that come to mind. Great build up, great character building, too. Slight screw up at the end (according to Listen, Clara should have been pregnant, they could not make that plot line work.) but still an episode that stands out to me.
Talking about buildup…Right now, I’m just pissed at Moffatt for making me wait a year. He better deliver something spectacular for his last season.