To the people who hated “The Day of the Doctor” because they think it somehow undoes the Russell T Davies, I have one simple question:
Why is it okay for Russell T Davies to destroy Gallifrey, and not okay for Steven Moffat to restore it?
Answers on a post card.
Short version: RTD destroying Gallifrey did not change anything about the story of the show before his era; all that was left intact to be exactly what the original writers intended. What Moffat did in TDotD was to go back and insert his own version of events in previous eras that were at odds with what the original writers wrote and intended. Bringing back Gallifrey was not the problem, it’s the particular way it was done.
If you’re keen on the long version, let me know.
Except that’s actual, palpable nonsense because not only did Moffat consult with RTD before writing “The Day of the Doctor”, but RTD approved of and loved the episode.
Also, RTD has made actual, canonical retcons to classic Who. He fundamentally changed the nature of Regeneration not once but twice (“The Christmas Invasion” and “Journey’s End”), he changed Rassilon from a benevolent leader into an amoral, power-mad dictator (“The End of Time”), and he changed the Macra from hyper-intelligent creatures to simple beasts just because he thought dropping them into “Gridlock” would be cool.
But then, Doctor Who is a show built on retcons. In the original pilot, the Doctor and his Granddaughter are from the distant future, not another planet. Susan is said to have named the TARDIS, but this is explicitly contradicted by “The Time Meddler” and “The War Games”. The Ice Warriors aren’t supposed to be called Ice Warriors, but that’s the name they’ve been stuck with and so it’s been folded into their lore. Andrew Cartmell’s time as Script Editor was predicated upon massive, massive retcons for the character of the Doctor as well as the history of Gallifrey itself… and we didn’t even get to see all of it!
The fact is that Doctor Who is constantly in flux. There will be marked eras, periods in the show’s history where things change. That’s good. The Ninth and Tenth Doctor’s journey is not undone by the apparent revelation that the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors helped the War Doctor save the planet. Moffat’s retcons do not undo the RTD era any more than RTD’s retcons undo Cartmell’s, or Cartmell’s undoes any that came before him.
Getting pissy about the fluctuating history of a show about time travel is like yelling at a chocolate brownie for not being an ice cream sandwich.