The second character that went through both an emotional and physical transformation is Lucas North in Spooks. I won’t be focusing on the whole Lucas / John Bateman discussion. I found series 9 fascinating and I’ve always said that no other actor had a whole season to unravel and head towards his or her demise. The truth is many fabulous characters met their maker in the most ridiculous fashion, Ros being one of them. I really believe she deserved a better exit.
Spooks- Lucas North
North is introduced in series 7, as a former head of Section D, who returns after being captured and imprisoned during an operation in Russia, where he spent 8 years. He returns, damaged, to a new Section where he no longer fits. His loyalties are under question as he tries to regain his position and the trust of his coworkers. He struggles to be reinstated into MI5.
He seems to be divided between who he was prior to his incarceration and who he is on returning and struggles to adjust. The memories of his time in the Russian prison show how badly damaged he is. The scenes with Oleg Darshavin, his former interrogator, show how close he was to breaking and his suicide attempts after he developes Stockholm syndrome.
Lucas was often refered to as a Blake fan, with a chest tattoo resembling The Ancient of Days, a Blake watercolour painting. The other tattoos on his body tell a different story.
On his torso he has a tattoo which says: Gnothi seauton– Know yourself
Dum Spiro Spero– As long as I live, I hope
On his arm, in Russian: See nothing, hear nothing and say nothing to nobody
On his back: Cupolas, meaning domes, one for each year he spent in jail
Tormented by the ghosts of past events, Lucas has difficulty sleeping. It is interesting to watch this personal, intimate struggle.
Insomnia has never looked this good!
As Lucas catches his bearings and regaines Harry’s trust, his body gains muscle mass (oh, bless) and his style becomes more dapper.
RA’s character soon establishes a form of uniform: denim jeans and a black coat. What is interesting, his clothes are reflected by Ros’ outfits. Their characters seemed to have a lot in common and I always like the feeling of comradeship between them.
All in all, I think the character of Lucas North is one of my most favorite character, rivalled only by John Thornton.