Good news, dreamers! This morning I had my first fully fledged Lucas North Spooks dream. Previously he has been the subject of a dream and his actions have reverberated throughout but he’s never actually made an appearance in person, until now.
The plot and sequence of events was a dogs breakfast, as they say, so I will do my best to achieve some sense of clarity. The dream cast (pun intended) consisted of Lucas North, Jo Portman, myself, and the British actor/comedian Meera Syal (I saw an ad for the TV show Beautiful People earlier in the day). I believe we were all part of an MI-5 unit, although Meera’s role was a bit confused as she either played two parts or came back to life after being killed.
The dream begins with me watching Lucas North run over Meera in his car. She dies (sorry Meera!). The car was covered in mud and it is not clear whether the act was intentional or an accident due to his vision being obscured by the debris. Lucas is not aware that I have witnessed this event and I am unsure whether I watched this unfold as an observer of the dream, or as a participant in my role as part of the spy team. This dichotomy emerges a number of times.
After this scene there is a flashback to all of us walking down a busy suburban street in Essex (I’ve never been to Essex, so I have no idea what it actually looks like). Meera was larking about. I am not sure if she was an MI-5 officer or an asset under our protection. Jo was lamenting the fact that the place was being dragged down by new comers to the area (a reference, perhaps, to the mild anxiety I feel concerning my intention to spend some time in the UK next year).
Flash forward, Lucas, Jo and I walk into a quaint cafe/restaurant. Jo goes to the other side of the room and takes a seat. Lucas is very reluctant to follow her and we end up huddled in a corner booth near the entrance. He seems very distressed and I demand to know what is on his mind. Lucas confesses that he ran over Meera and becomes distraught. My response to this confession implies that I did not witness the event “in character” but as an observer. I am saddened and feel sympathetic towards his plight.
As if to symbolise Meera’s violent death, there is an old blood stain between us on the seat we are sharing. I comfort Lucas as best I can. His face is wet with tears. Although the dream is set in “real life” and there is no camera crew around, we do another “take” of this emotionally charged scene to make sure we get it right. It was quite moving and poignant I can assure you; BAFTAs all round! Although Lucas seemed sincere, I was not sure if he was telling the truth about the accident. It is interesting to note that in a previous dream with Jo and an unseen Lucas, which I mentioned earlier, a similar event took place in which Lucas killed someone he shouldn’t have. The fact that Jo is in both of these dreams is intriguing!
Later, Jo, Lucas and I are walking down another street, this one in a country-like setting. We are on course to visit Meera (back from the dead, apparently). The last thing I remember is Lucas calling ahead to Meera and suggesting that we pop in for a cup of tea with her mother.
Lucas North, the TEAtotalling lady killer.
The participant/observer dichotomy I mentioned at the beginning is an interesting one. I don’t think it is unusual within the context of dreams. I do wonder, however, what relationship it may have to my own association with the RA fan community; that of fan (participant) and as observer of RA fandom / fan fervor. There is a research method in the social sciences called participant observation whereby the researcher becomes involved in the community or group that is the subject of their research. I did not become involved in writing this blog and reading others for the purpose of research, but as one of my recent posts suggests, it is something that has aroused by curiosity. As a scholar, one’s curiosity is inclined to be funneled into research. This is not something that I have decided to do, but it has crossed my mind as a fun project to consider when my post-graduate slog comes to an end. Should this occur, there are tricky ethical issues to address. Whatever happens, I pledge to offer complete disclosure of my intentions.
I also pledge to continue recording my weird and wonderful dreams. I am currently in the process of setting up a new dream log page which will contain a list of links to all dream posts on this blog and include reports of dreams that are too brief for elaboration in a post. I can’t wait to find out what bizare tales my dreams bring next!
Images from RichardArmitageNet.