So hubs and I were discussing the Doctor’s attitude toward the moon-blowing up decision making, i.e. not him, and we thought back to Matt Smith’s first episode when he made a HUGE point of saying to the Atraxi that the Earth was protected…so why did he stop himself from taking part in a decision that could be considered protecting the Earth…But then I thought about other episodes where the Doctor did interfere… Pompeii, The Beast Below, The Pandorica…and I’m sure the list goes on and on. But more notably, when it truly comes down to humans vs another species, he steps back, a la The Hungry Earth and lets us hammer out the kinks between ourselves.
So I guess what I’m saying is, I agree with BOTH the Doctor and Clara for how they viewed what needed to be done. I can definitely understand Clara for getting upset that the Doctor refused to help when Earth has essentially been his home for quite some time, but I can also understand why the Doctor felt it was important for those who are truly human to make the decision…And it does show an immense amount of faith in Clara that he knew she would do the right thing, it really reminds me a lot of when Amy stepped up in The Beast Below to stop the Doctor from putting the Star Whale “out of its misery”.
Perhaps, just a theory, but perhaps the Doctor was giving Clara a chance to be every bit the wonderfully caring human we have seen so much of with all of his companions: Donna, who cried for those dying in Pompeii; Martha, the doctor in training who tried so hard to save our Doctor and keep all those in the hospital alive on their unexpected trip to the moon; Amy, who saved a Star Whale, and by association, saved all of Great Britain from themselves; Rose, who reversed Jack’s death and fought so hard to save the Doctor from the Daleks; and Clara, threw herself into the Doctor’s timestream to save him. The Doctor is quick to see the inner workings of his companions and knows how to bring out the best in them, just as they bring out the best in him.