lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
A while back, [livejournal.com profile] hyarrowen and I were clearly having like thoughts on Major Richter & Dr Martel-related hurt/comfort, and I finally got my idea to work. So, for [livejournal.com profile] hyarrowen, [community profile] trope_bingo square "hurt/comfort" and [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo square "accept injury to protect someone," and set post-canon somewhere in the winter of 1944/45:


Invisible Incident (2461 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Enemy at the Door (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Philip Martel & Dieter Richter
Characters: Dieter Richter, Philip Martel, Olive Martel
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, World War II, Minor Injuries, Community: hc_bingo, Community: trope_bingo, Hurt/Comfort
Summary: Oberst Richter has not been shot; there was no bullet.
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
Some Enemy at the Door fic, written for Hyarrowen, who wanted something to do with the Atlantic Wall and who shares my appreciation of Martel and Richter (and Committee Man!). I don't know if this was what was wanted, as it's mainly Martel & Richter discussing some consequences of the Wall for the Islands, but it's what I came up with:

Waiting For the Sky to Fall (1218 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Enemy at the Door (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Philip Martel & Dieter Richter
Characters: Philip Martel, Dieter Richter
Additional Tags: Vignette, World War II, Starvation, Post-Canon, Stealth Friendship
Summary: Autumn 1944, and the situation on Guernsey grows ever more bleak, but there's always some slight consolation to be had, if you look for it hard enough.
lost_spook: (cat)
The commentfest continues! And talking of obscure and British things...

As threatened, a 'trailer' of sorts for ITV's 1978-80 WWII drama, Enemy at the Door. I made this as an experiment, because I thought I'd solved my issues with sound-editing on my vidding software. Guess what? I haven't, so this is not entirely a success - there are some sound issues, especially at the start, and it was getting worse with every edit. You may take it as read that I'm not doing anything else like this in a hurry. Still, that's what experiments are for, yes?

However, that said, it is still better than anything Network or Acorn have bothered to do for it and maybe it will explain something of why I like it so much. Or just bore everybody, I'm not sure at this point. Inevitably, there are some spoilers (especially for 1.13), but hopefully not too bad out of context (& not beyond 2.1 because Network wouldn't let me rip 2.2-2.13).

Enemy at the Door Trailer )
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
I made various icons for NaArMaMo, but halfway through the month, I started on an utterly pointless large set for Enemy at the Door. (NaArMaMo is just for having fun and experimenting, so I did.)

Teaser:

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A lot of people need help - they don't know how to fight or even what to fight sometimes )
lost_spook: (cat)
I said I'd made a post about Enemy at the Door, and here it is. (I'm thinking of doing some more fandom manifesto type posts for old TV I've watched, because they're fun and possibly even useful, if only to inform people of things to avoid. :-D)

So, what is it? Enemy at the Door is a 1978-80 UK drama series about the German Occupation of the (British) Channel Islands in WWII, focusing on Guernsey (and the fictional Martel family). It stars Alfred Burke, Bernard Horsfall and Simon Cadell with Antonia Pemberton, Emily Richard, Simon Lack, John Malcolm, Richard Heffer, Helen Shingler and David Waller. It was created and script-edited by Michael Chapman, produced by Tony Wharmby and written by Michael Chapman, James Doran, NJ Crisp, Kenneth Clark and John Kershaw. There are 2 series of 13x 50 min episodes (26 in all). It is out on DVD (definitely in Regions 1 &2); it is not on YouTube at the moment, though. (It was repeated on Yesterday, a freeview channel here in the UK last year, so it may get another turn.)

If you're not keen on old UK TV, then this obviously isn't for you. If, however, you are, and you are interested in well-written, well-played, low-key drama, WWII generally, or what happened to the Channel Islands in particular, then it may well be. Sadly, it was cancelled before they reached the end of the War, but what there is of it is well worth watching. Also, while it was shown pre-Watershed over 30 years ago (so there's very little they can actually show in terms of blood, violence etc.), it does deal with a lot of difficult subjects (very well generally): execution, imprisonment, depression, multiple suicide attempts, shooting, murder, possible rape, and beatings/interrogations.

Why, you may ask, especially after that cheery list of warnings? Well, it depends. If you want a lot of action and battles and other such fast-moving set-pieces, again, it's not going to deliver. But it explores its historical subject pretty accurately and also takes advantage of that situation to explore the ethical dilemmas of occupation from both sides with subtlety and intelligence and three-dimensional characters, and that's what's so great about it.

You chaps have commandeered my kitchen! )
lost_spook: (hdh - not quite right)
I'm sure other Classic DW fans will be sorry to hear that Bernard Horsfall has died (1930-2013). (Gulliver, Taron in Planet of the Daleks, Goth and another Time Lord, or Goth unnamed, who knows?)

:-(

And I'm sad, because, as I said a couple of posts ago, I can't get Enemy at the Door (1978-1980) out of my head and he played the main character among the Islanders, Dr Philip Martel. He was every bit as good and reliable and real as he always seemed in his guest Doctor Who roles and it was great to see him in a major part. And he really was exceptional in the storyline that bridged S1 and S2. (I can't explain properly without spoiling that bit. And Enemy at the Door really is worth watching, and worth watching relatively unspoiled, so I won't do that.) But he was great. It was hard to come back down to episode-of-the-week after watching the way he and Alfred Burke (and others, but particularly those two) played that out between them.

*salutes sadly*

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