Ncuti Gatwa slams White mediocrity being celebrated; ‘Black people have to be flawless to get half of that’

Ncuti Gatwa, the first Black Doctor Who, was extremely outspoken in his latest interview.

The actor is an LGBTQ Rwandan immigrant to the U.K. and made his comments to the magazine Attitude.


Upon being asked about backlash on him assuming the role of Doctor Who, he said it is all part of a shift. “We do see a shift happening in casting, in positions of power and in the status quo. I mean, not a fast shift, thing could tip over the other way a little bit quicker. But you see people kind of malfunctioning because things are changing.”

Speaking of his battle for acceptance, Gatwa said that there is too much of White mediocrity that is being celebrated, while the Black people have to be “absolutely flawless” in order to get half of that.

He was also asked about the U.K.’s struggle with gender diversity and trans identities.

“Everything trickles down from the top, and when you see politicians openly attacking marginalised communities, when you see our politicians openly attacking trans people, it makes it OK for everyone else,” he said and further added that it is scary to see this get to a point where it is normalised to attack vulnerable people.