Once Quatermass realizes that the object buried in the earth is not an unexploded bomb and is more than five million years old, the questions form exponentially. What is the object? What is it made of? Where did it come from? How did it get there?
Colonel Breen (Anthony Bushell) becomes interested in the object and proposes that it may be a sophisticated bomb cooked up by the Germans. He offers to help Captain Potter (John Stratton), the demolition expert, get to the bottom of it. A search of the civic defense records show that no bombs were reported being dropped in the area.
Roney’s assistant, Barbara Judd (Christine Finn) suggests they talk to some of the older residents that live in the area. Mrs. Chilcot (Hilda Barry) confirms that there were no big bombs dropped anywhere around there, just a few little firebombs. She does mention that the building over where the object rests was abandoned decades ago. The people that lived there thought the place was haunted. The story is confirmed by the local constable (Victor Platt).
Eventually they dig enough of the object out to find an opening in it. Inside the opening is another skull. Ultimately the entire cylindrical object is exposed. The army digs out all the mud from inside and discovers that there is a section that is inaccessible. There is nothing inside but there is a large symbol on the wall of the sealed off compartment. As the symbol is exposed a private inside the object screams. He says he saw something, a figure. It went through the wall.
Nine people played the part of Bernard Quatermass; Reginald Tate “Quatermass Experiment” (TV 1953) Brian Donlevy “The Quatermass Experiment” (Film 1955), “Quatermass 2” (Film 1957), John Robinson “Quatermass 2” (TV 1955), André Morell “Quatermass and the Pit” (TV 1958–1959), Andrew Keir “Quatermass and the Pit” (Film 1967), (BBC Radio 1996), John Mills “The Quatermass Conclusion” (TV 1979) Jason Flemyng, “The Quatermass Experiment” (TV 2005 Remake of the mostly missing 1953 TV series).