Derek Taylor is a friendly, self-employed delivery driver. He has two children, David and Kim, and he speaks with a Scouse accent. He made his first appearance on 8 September 1987 and was portrayed by Ken Sharrock.
Derek stops to help when the Walford Ladies Darts Team's coach breaks down on the way to Greenwich. He follows the team to Greenwich and ends up joining them for the day, forming a friendship with Pauline Fowler. He is attracted to Pauline, and arrives in Walford on 15 September 1987 to see her in the launderette. He meets Pauline's husband Arthur, and her sister-in-law Kathy Beale, and offers her a deal to sell her knitwear.
He goes back to the Fowler's house, but Arthur asks him to leave after taking an instant dislike to him. Pauline turns him down when he visits again on 17 September, and he leaves Walford.