I don't know whether it's something to do with energy of the approaching lunar eclipse or just that I'm looking forward to watching the new series of Torchwood on TV tomorrow, but for the past two nights I've dreamt I was assisting Doctor Who as he saved the earth once more from doom.
I can't remember that much about the dreams except that they were jolly exciting adventures in which The Doctor, with me in tow as his ineffectual companion, foiled the nefarious plans of Aliens From Before the Dawn of Time.
My only regret is that on both occasions I woke up before finding out how we foiled them. And, seeing as it was a dream, I can't go and watch it all again on iPlayer.
But my dreams made me realise just how much The Doctor is as a powerful modern-day mythic archetype - he is the hero, the wise old man, the magician and sometimes
the trickster, who wins out using the gift of the gab and an eye to a chance rather than by strength of force.
Interestingly, while doing some web browsing I discovered Archetype and Trickster are both names of characters in Doctor Who spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures. I'm not very familiar with that particular series, but I'd be interested to know if its creator was inspired by traditional mythic character types.
As well as archetypes being important in tales and stories, according to Jungian psychology, we each have various archetypes within us who can appear as characters in our dreams as ways of helping us understand ourselves and what's going on in our lives. Perhaps those Aliens From Before the Dawn of Time represented my own "shadow" archetype - the chaotic and scary forces that we all know we have deep inside but don't really want to face.
But whatever archetype The Doctor represents for me, I'd certainly be glad to have him on my side in any nightmare. I just wish I could remember how it ended...
Torchwood: Children of the Earth begins on BBC1 at 9pm on July 6.
The image shows Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 4  [DVD], which is available through Amazon.
Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 4  [DVD]