Ratcliffe had spoken out against British involvement in World War II believing Nazi Germany should be an ally rather than an enemy. He was imprisoned as a result. In the post-war period, Ratcliffe formed the Association, to which Sergeant Mike Smith secretly belonged. In 1963, as leader of the group, he allied himself with the Renegade Daleks during "the Shoreditch Incident". He was enlisted by them to help retrieve the Hand of Omega.
After assisting in the killings of those the Daleks opposed, he attempted to abscond with the Renegade Daleks' Time Controller, but was killed by death-rays fired by a young girl who was slaved to their battle computer, before he could escape with the device. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
Behind the scenes
- Ratcliffe's first name, George, was never given on-screen, only in the novels. The character would appear to have been named after George Sewell, who played the part on television.