The term "person of colour", or POC, at least in the United States, referred to any person who was not white.
Behind the scenes Edit
Representation in DWU fiction Edit
Sharon Davies holds the title of first recurring POC companion, introduced in the 1980 comic Doctor Who and the Star Beast. She is predated only by Nick Willard, who served as a companion in the 1973 comic Zeron Invasion alone.
The Master Edit
The audio story Mastermind (2013) previously saw the Master voiced by Yee Jee Tso, in one of the Master's stolen bodies, and the Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Two comics (2016) introduced the Master's first Time War incarnation, who had the appearance of an East Asian child.
The Doctor Edit
Series 12 also introduced an incarnation of the Doctor, wrapped in mystery, who was played by Jo Martin. Martin became the first actor of colour to be cast in the role of the Doctor, making this Doctor the first non-white incarnation to make an appearance in any performed medium. Before Fugitive of the Judoon (2020), every incarnation of the Doctor had been primarily played by a white actor, most often by a white man.
The same series also revealed that the Doctor had lived many more regenerations before the First Doctor, in the form of the Timeless Child. Multiple actors of colour portrayed the character in The Timeless Children.
DWU crew Edit
The first writer of colour for the franchise was Noel Clarke, with Combat. However, Malorie Blackman and Vinay Patel became the first writers of colour to contribute scripts to Doctor Who itself, in series 11 (2018). They wrote Rosa and Demons of the Punjab, respectively.