Like royalty, people in films or on TV don’t ever say ‘hang on a minute, before we save the world from a band of unruly aliens can I just nip to the loo for a quick wee?’
As with the talking in complete sentences issue and the lack of history in science fiction, this is not realistic. I’m often needing to rush off to the toilet at a crucial moment during life’s exciting bits. My children are very good at choosing the most inappropriate moments for a quick sit down.
But as with my other concerns about fiction (most notably science fiction), I do understand that Peter Calpaldi rushing off to the toilet while the daleks are approaching does not make good TV and might take some of the drama and excitement out of the story (as well taking up precious time). It also might mean that he loses the battle. But if I were the script writer, I’d have him disappear for a wee after the crisis had abated at least. That time could be filled with other characters taking central stage, maybe making a nice calming cup of tea. Perhaps this is why I’m not a script writer.
Please, script writers, can you let nature call for your characters, once in a while? Then at least I know they are human (or daleks).