After the death of Reginald Tate, John Robinson takes up the titular role but, unfortunately, isn't a patch on Tate and his delivery is stilted and lacking warmth and enthusiasm, at least until later episodes. He's also got this weird habit of looking upwards while delivering his lines. In fact, Quatermass is outshone by his assistant Dr. Pugh, played by Welsh actor Hugh Griffith.
A few other notes:
- The title music is brilliant!
- At one point a tramp (played by Steptoe & Son's Wilfrid Brambell) asks Quatermass "You're a funny fellow with stones, aren't you?". Well, Kneale does seem to have a bit of a stone fetish: meteorites, stone walls, standing stones!
- The zombie soldiers are, unintentionally, hilarious!
- There's a healthy distrust of government and bureaucracy.
- Some lovely miniature sets.
- Quatermass's daughter seems to have had a whole bucket full of "received pronunciation" poured down her throat.
- The spacesuits, although still quite ragged, are much better this time around and look less like welder's gear.
- There's a rather nice illustration of Newton's 3rd law of motion in the 6th episode!