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* SupportingProtagonist: Quatermass may be the title and main character of ''Quatermass and the Pit'', but it's Dr. Roney who first investigates the pit, is the only character unaffected by the Martian Devil, and ultimately performs a HeroicSacrifice to defeat the Martians.

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* SupportingProtagonist: Quatermass may be the title and main character of ''Quatermass and the Pit'', but it's Dr. Roney who first investigates the pit, is one of the only character characters unaffected by the Martian Devil, and ultimately performs a HeroicSacrifice to defeat the Martians.

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* SupportingProtagonist: Quatermass may be the title and main character of ''Quatermass and the Pit'', but it's Dr. Roney who first investigates the pit, is the only character unaffected by the Martian Devil, and ultimately performs a HeroicSacrifice to defeat the Martians.


* CaptainErsatz: After the oresuccess of ''The Quatermass Xperiment'' Hammer immediately wanted to make a sequel. They couldn't get the rights however, so they made ''X the Unknown'' a movie with an extremely similar plot-structure and atmosphere to the first with a highly Quatermass-like hero named Doctor Adam Royston.

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* CaptainErsatz: After the oresuccess success of ''The Quatermass Xperiment'' Hammer immediately wanted to make a sequel. They couldn't get the rights however, so they made ''X the Unknown'' a movie with an extremely similar plot-structure and atmosphere to the first with a highly Quatermass-like hero named Doctor Adam Royston.

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* AskAStupidQuestion: Invoked by Sladden in ''Quatermass and the Pit'' after the lights go out in the Underground station and he mutters to himself:
--> Where was Moses when the lights when out?\\
In the flippin' dark.


* ''Quatermass'': Professor Quatermass (John Mills) comes out of secluded retirement when his granddaughter disappears. He finds that she has joined a New Age group called the Planet People, who believe that benevolent aliens will come and take them to a better life on another planet. This being science fiction, there really are aliens, and they really are taking Planet People, but Quatermass has grave doubts about their benevolence.

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* ''Quatermass'': Professor Quatermass (John Mills) (Creator/JohnMills) comes out of secluded retirement when his granddaughter disappears. He finds that she has joined a New Age group called the Planet People, who believe that benevolent aliens will come and take them to a better life on another planet. This being science fiction, there really are aliens, and they really are taking Planet People, but Quatermass has grave doubts about their benevolence.


* RealSongThemeTune: Gustav Holst's "Mars: Bringer of War" from ''The Planets'' is the theme for the first two serials and the 2005 remake.

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* ColdIron - proves the Martian "devil's" undoing in ''Quatermass and the Pit''.


* CaptainErsatz: After the success of ''The Quatermass Xperiment'' Hammer immediately wanted to make a sequel. They couldn't get the rights however, so they made ''X the Unknown'' a movie with an extremely similar plot-structure and atmosphere to the first with a highly Quatermass-like hero named Doctor Adam Royston.

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* TheAestheticsOfTechnology: The RetroRocket-style design for the alien spacecraft in the tv serial of ''Quatermass and the Pit'' is replaced in the film with a more exotic design that gave it a more weirdly "alien" look.[[note]]Nearly 5 decades since the film's release, many of the design aesthetics of the alien spaceship -- the surfaces, the lines & curves, and even the color -- which all must have looked very unusual and exotic in 1967, now are all bizarrely similar to what is commonly found on the designs of contemporary automobiles today.[[/note]]
* CaptainErsatz: After the success oresuccess of ''The Quatermass Xperiment'' Hammer immediately wanted to make a sequel. They couldn't get the rights however, so they made ''X the Unknown'' a movie with an extremely similar plot-structure and atmosphere to the first with a highly Quatermass-like hero named Doctor Adam Royston.


* GenreSavvy: Howell, the Minister's aide in ''Quatermass and the Pit'', comprehends before either the Minister or Colonel Breen that Quatermass hypothesizes that a massive alien colonization of Earth happened in prehistoric times.


* HeadInTheSandManagement: The Minister of Defense in ''Quatermass and the Pit''.

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* HeadInTheSandManagement: The Minister of Defense Defence in ''Quatermass and the Pit''.


* GenreSavvy: Howell, the Minister's aide in ''Quatermass and the Pit'', comprehends before either the Minister or Colonel Breen that Quatermass is hypothesizing that a massive alien colonization of Earth happened in prehistoric times.

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* GenreSavvy: Howell, the Minister's aide in ''Quatermass and the Pit'', comprehends before either the Minister or Colonel Breen that Quatermass is hypothesizing hypothesizes that a massive alien colonization of Earth happened in prehistoric times.


* HeadInTheSandManagement: The Minister of Defence in ''Quatermass and the Pit''.

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* GenreSavvy: Howell, the Minister's aide in ''Quatermass and the Pit'', comprehends before either the Minister or Colonel Breen that Quatermass is hypothesizing that a massive alien colonization of Earth happened in prehistoric times.
* HeadInTheSandManagement: The Minister of Defence Defense in ''Quatermass and the Pit''.

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* DeathOfAChild: In ''Quatermass'', Joe Kapp's wife and children are killed off-screen in an alien bombardment.


* CompilationMovie: ''The Quatermass Conclusion'' is an odd example, since the original serial was deliberately written and shot so that it could be edited down into a much shorter movie. An interesting idea, and it ''almost'' worked.

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* CompilationMovie: ''The Quatermass Conclusion'' is an odd example, since the original serial was deliberately written and shot so that it could be edited down into a much shorter movie.movie (the section with the old people in the scrapyard was specifically written to be cuttable without affecting the plot too much). An interesting idea, and it ''almost'' worked.


** In ''Quatermass'', [[spoiler:Quatermass himself and possibly his granddaughter (it doesn't seem that she actually knew what that big red button was for)]].

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** In ''Quatermass'', [[spoiler:Quatermass himself and possibly his granddaughter (it doesn't seem that she actually knew what that big red button was for)]].for, although the novelization claims "she knew because he knew")]].

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