Yes, I laugh several times an episode. I usually go 'good joke - next...' in polite silence. Interesting that Brannon Braga is a producer, who also was associated with Star Treks TNG, V and E. Jonathan Frakes also pops up as a director. Trivia - Seth McF played a crewman in a few Enterprise eps.
It is bad enough that TV is filled with fake jolly xmas bollocks but now they are trailing the year review crap. TV is at it's nadir during December and early January. I hate this time of year for "entertainment".
I enjoyed it for the most part. It tied together several plotlines. I liked the sets; they'd spent some money on this. The ending was too drawn out and I for one won't miss Peter Capaldi. Nice to see Clara again for a moment.
At least, for the most part, they didn't drown the actors with the background music. Still, it that might have helped those learning to lip-read. And Capaldi did tend to mumble his lines. As for Clara, you could always watch her play a romanticised Victoria.