His character bravely promised to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Whilst his personal journey wasn’t as adventurous, William Shatner still officially became the oldest person to go to space last week. Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series, spent 10 minutes on his suborbital flight alongside three others.

To commemorate the 90-year-old flying into orbit, the Whitehaven News asked readers online what their favourite sci-fi movie is.

In no particular order, the top 10 sci-fi movies according to Whitehaven News readers are:

1) Alien: a modern classic, the first movie in Ridley Scott’s series has a 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film follows the Nostromo crew encounter a deadly extra-terrestrial who is set loose on the ship.

2) A for Andromeda: before his breakout performance as Charles Bronson, Tom Hardy featured in a number of sci-fi productions. In this 2006 film, he plays Fleming, a scientist who feels that the living organism created by a computer is set to destroy humanity.

3) Star Trek: there have been 13 Trek movies released, but many feel that the original trilogy is the best.

4) Star Wars: The film series now has its own designated area in Walt Disney World in Florida.

5) 2001: A Space Odyssey: widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, following a trip to Jupiter with supercomputer HAL after the discovery of an alien monolith, is preserved in the National Film Registry.

6) The Martian: two films starring Matt Damon feature on the list. The first, adapted on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, was directed by Ridley Scott and sees an astronaut’s sole mission to survive on Mars after being left behind by his crewmates.

7) Elysium: the futuristic tale by South African Neill Blomkamp sees Damon play a labourer in 22nd Century Los Angeles try to reach a space station within five days in order to clear the lethal dose of radiation in his body.

8) Silent Running: the 1972 film stars Bruce Dern as an ecologist who is forced to keep the greenery preserved for future generations from being destroyed by his superiors.

9) Blade Runner: Harrison Ford plays Deckard, a special agent who is forced to eliminate a group of violent androids.

10) Terminator 2: set 11 years after the first film, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T800 is forced to protect a young John Connor from a future robot uprising.