(Pocket-lint) - You've binged out on two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery and are now after a new sci-fi series to get your teeth into while you're stuck inside? Well, look no further.

Pocket-lint has brought you a curated list of recommended shows across a range of services from Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Rakuten TV and Sky to the most popular free players including BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub.

The below shows should more than satisfy your science fiction yearnings.



  • Where: Rakuten TV / Sky
  • When: Available to buy now

Written by Jonathan Nolan (The Prestige, Interstellar), the Westworld reboot series is a complex tale of robots rising to rebel against human rule, having previously only existed as playthings in an "everything goes" theme park. It is clever, poignant and beautifully shot. A third series also landed on Sky Atlantic at the beginning of March 2020, so now's the perfect time to catch up with Season 1 and 2.

Season 1 is available to buy on Rakuten TV, while Season 1 and 2 are available to stream on Sky if you have a subscription.


Altered Carbon

  • Where: Netflix
  • When: Available now

Created by Late Kalogridis, Altered Carbon sees a prisoner return to life in a new body after 250 years on ice, with a chance to win his freedom by solving a mind-bending murder. There's two seasons of this excellent series with a cast including Anthony Mackie, Lela Loren and Simone Missick. 


The Expanse

  • Where: Amazon Prime Video
  • When: Available now

Based on The Expanse novels by James S. A. Corey, this award-winning series was picked up by Amazon after being originally cancelled - a move that has proved a masterstroke by the streaming service and will result in a new fifth season. It is set one hundred years into the future, when mankind has colonised the Solar System and deals with potential hostilities between Earth and Mars.


The War of the Worlds

  • Where: Sky
  • When: Available now

Another series to focus on hostilities between our planet and Mars is the BBC adaptation of H. G. Wells 1897 novel. We've seen a few small and big screen versions in the past, including the 2005 Steven Spielberg movie starring Tom Cruise, but this one remains more true to the source material. It is a three-part mini-series set in the Edwardian era and shows the chilling results of a Martian invasion.

Sky / NBC

Battlestar Galactica

  • Where: Amazon Prime Video
  • When: Available now

Possibly our favourite sci-fi reboot of all time, the 2000s Battlestar Galactica started with a mini-series and then stretched out into four additional seasons. We still love its realistic, militaristic take on space battles and the swap to more fatal form factors for the evil Cylons.


Doctor Who

  • Where: BBC iPlayer
  • When: Available now

The BBC has the entirety of post-relaunch Doctor Who available to watch for free, that's every episode of the 11 series released since 2005. Currently, Jodie Whittaker stars as the Thirteenth Doctor in the show that seemingly goes from strength to strength each year.

CBS / Amazon

Star Trek: Picard

  • Where: Amazon Prime Video
  • When: Available now

Star Trek: Picard sees Patrick Stewart return to the role he played for more than 170 TV episodes and several movies across the 90s and early 2000s. It is one of the most eagerly anticipated shows around and is exclusive to Amazon Prime Video outside of the US.


Star Wars: The Mandalorian

  • Where: Disney+
  • When: Available from 24 March

Written by Jon Favreau, Star Wars: The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. It follows the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic and the original series is available exclusively through the Disney+ streaming service. Good news too, a second series has already started filming.

Writing by Rik Henderson.
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