For some youngsters, it was the Daleks that sent them scurrying behind the sofa. For me, it was the Robinson family's robot in 1960s' US sci-fi series Lost in Space.
Star Wars actor Jimmy Vee has spoken of his delight at getting to play the charismatic droid R2-D2, ahead of the upcoming release of The Rise Of Skywalker.
A special visitor from a galaxy far, far away has landed in Dundee.
An original R2-D2 prop from the first Star Wars film is one of the main attractions at an upcoming V&A exhibition.