via the BBC Doctor Who Blog:
The Daleks first appeared 49 years ago this month when the TARDIS visited the strange and sinister planet known as Skaro…
To celebrate the Doctor’s oldest alien adversaries we’re beginning a short series of videos which feature Doctor Who’s lead writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, discussing their history. He selects a number of stories that are amongst his favourites and the most significant Dalek adventures, beginning, appropriately enough, with the Daleks’ debut from December, 1963.
Oh this is excellent! Maybe he’d care to learn about how Skaro was time locked/destroyed and therefore inaccessible through all of time FOR ALL TIME so when he writes about it he won’t fuck up anyt- (Asylum of the Daleks) - Oh.
I get how Doctor Who is all about twisting things around, things aren’t what they seem, time can be rewritten etc etc, but when something like Skaro AND Gallifrey is made strictly off-limits (and is in fact one of the MAJOR reasons for the Doctor’s darkness and angst), one ought to respect that. Or at least, come up with some mad and amazing reason for why Skaro is there and not Gallifrey, instead of answering this GLARING PLOT HOLE on TWITTER of all things, with a goddamn ridiculous answer.
But yes! I do hear a lot of explanations flying around, I’m not discounting them!
There are right now two versions of the existence of Skaro. Either Skaro was destroyed in Remembrance of the Daleks by a sun going supernova, or the Daleks magically terraformed another planet called Antalin to look like Skaro in War of the Daleks and somehow tricked the Doctor and Davros into thinking that was Skaro instead (wtf), so Antalin was the one destroyed, not Skaro. So, either Skaro is there, or it isn’t.
But then things get complicated when you throw in the Last Great Time War.
Gallifrey was completely destroyed by The Moment (as in physically as well as temporally), there is no doubt as the effects of its destruction reverberated through space and time. Skaro on the other hand, is most likely caught in the time lock as well, since it is indubitably part of the events of the Time War, which is well-known to be time locked and therefore inaccessible permanently. For one thing, it makes no sense to only kill off only one side of the war, and for another we’d have a lot Daleks running around through time mucking shit up if Skaro was left alone.
In either case, the events of the Time War and subsequent time lock renders the argument for the existence of Skaro moot. Whether it is miraculously there or not, Skaro is inaccessible. Period. By any one, any time, any where, any how. No can do, unless you’re willing to retcon a whole lot of canon, and if you’re gonna do that, an explanation would be nice.