Ricky was the leader of the Preachers, a group of activists who opposed the global technologies corporation known as Cybus Industries. Convinced that Cybus were using their technology to manipulate society, Ricky and his band plotted to expose (or possibly assassinate) John Lumic and bring his company down.
When Ricky met Mickey by accident at the Preachers' base, Ricky immediately suspected subterfuge. Mickey gained his counterpart's grudging trust and was brought along with the other Preachers in their van. He also gave the Tenth Doctor his trust. The Preachers joined forces with Rose and the Tenth Doctor. Evading Cybermen, everyone split up, with Ricky and Mickey forming a group of two.
Ricky and Mickey found themselves being pursued by an army of Cybermen and attempted to flee into an alley. Mickey managed to climb over a chain link fence and Ricky followed, but a Cyberman grabbed his leg and electrocuted him before he could make it over the fence.