Before Doctor Who, there was Professor Quartermass
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British manned space flights; an insidious threat from outer space; a man mutating into an evil alien, his human consciousness being eaten away; and a scientist - utterly anti-Establishment, courageous and cerebral - the only man who can fight it. No, not Doctor Who, but his highly distinguished predecessor, Prof Bernard Quatermass
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. A decade before Doctor Who first aired, the The Quartermass Experiment was the first science-fiction TV serial produced for adults
, and a live-to-viewers BBC production
, to boot. The show ran for six episodes in 1953, of which only the first two episodes are known survive
. The short sci-fi series spun off three original sequels
and a radio drama-documentary
, along with movie re-makes of the first three series
by Hammer Films
. BBC brought back live TV with a 2005 adaptation of the original 1953 series
. You can watch the various series on online (in parts on Daily Motion), thanks to fans of The British Rocket Group
Even though you can only watch the first two episodes of The Quartermass Experiment, you can read summaries of the remaining four episodes (ep 3
, ep 4
, ep 5
, and ep 6
). The Quartermass Conclusion
blog has more summaries of and information on the other series, too.
The Quartermass 2 fansite
has gobs of information, specifically on Quartermass II / 2 (series / film), including differences between the serial and the film
. Note that it may be easier to read if you block scripts for the site, as the text is rendered differently with scripts and flash enabled.
Previously: We owe our human condition here to the intervention of insects?
-- insight into the mind of Nigel Kneale, writer of The Quatermass Experiment, following the 2005 adaptation of The Quartermass Experiment.