The Week In Sci-Fi

Another Monday means another seven days of sci-fi for you to get stuck into. Onward!

MONDAY 12 DECEMBER

Shiny discs on sale today including Super 8, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Conan The Barbarian and Spy Kids 4. But read our DVD reviews of the first three first!.

Tom Baker’s Doctor takes to the airwaves in part 1 (of 10) of Doctor Who: Hornets’ Nest (originally released on audio CD): 6pm on Radio 4 Extra (and repeated at midnight).

Neil Gaiman fantasy Stardust is on Film4 at 6:35pm.

Say Beetlejuice three times at 9pm and Michael Keaton might turn up in a stripy suit. Well, if you’re tuned to TCM. (Sky 317, Virgin 415)

American Horror Story continues on FX at 10pm. Don’t forget to read our review afterwards!

TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER

Part 2 (of 10) of Doctor Who: Hornets’ Nest is on at 6pm on Radio 4 Extra (and repeated at midnight).

Catch up with the folks of A Town Called Eureka on Syfy at 8pm.

There's more Haven on Syfy at 9pm.

The Stuff, by cult director Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent) is definitely the best movie ever made about killer yoghurt – Horror Channel, 9pm. (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138)

Ripley returns in Alien: Resurrection, 9pm on Film4.

WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER

SFX 217 is unleashed into the wild today – quick, to the newsagents with you!

Who Is This That Comes , a Christmas ghost story inspired by the stories of MR James, starts at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds today.

Part 3 (of 10) of Doctor Who: Hornets’ Nest is on at 6pm on Radio 4 Extra (and repeated at midnight).

Arnie breaks out the swords and sandals in Conan The Destroyer, 9pm on ITV4.

Vincent Price stars in anthology horror The Monster Club, British studio Amicus’s final film - Horror Channel, 9pm. (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138)

Yul Brynner is a rogue robot cowboy in Westworld, 11:55pm on BBC One.

THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER

Cory Doctorow’s The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow is out today. Not tomorrow. Today.

Famous fans including Jeremy Dyson and Stuart Maconie discuss the supernatural tales of author Robert Aickman in The Unsettled Dust, Radio Four at 11.30am.

Part 4 (of 10) of Doctor Who: Hornets’ Nest is on at 6pm on Radio 4 Extra (and repeated at midnight).

A new ice age arrives overnight in The Day After Tomorrow, 6:30pm on Film4.

Meanwhile, the third episode of fantasy sitcom Elvenquest is on Radio 4 (6.30pm).

Logan discovers that having your bones coated in adamantium can sting a little bit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine , 9pm on Film4.

Episode two of spooky anthology show Weird Tales is on Radio 4 at 11pm.

FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER

The Rocky Horror Christmas Extravaganza descends upon the Frog and Fiddle in Cheltenham today in a blaze of cross-dressing madness.

Comic fans, today is the day to flex your spending muscles – Batman: Incorporated Deluxe by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette, Flashpoint by Geoff Johns, Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope, Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Lost Command by Haden Blackman and Rick Leonardi and DC Comics – The New 52 by Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Grant Morrison all hit the shelves today.

Amicus anthology The Monster Club is on the Horror Channel again at 4pm. (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138)

Part 5 (of 10) of Doctor Who: Hornets’ Nest is on at 6pm on Radio 4 Extra (and repeated at midnight).

Part two of Peter Pan prequel Neverland is on Sky Movies HD at 6:30pm.

Nicolas Cage discovers a document that predicts future disasters in Knowing , Film4 at 9pm.

Daniel Craig makes his debut as 007 in Casino Royale , 10:35pm on ITV4.

1968 Hammer classic The Devil Rides Out is on the Horror Channel at 10.55pm. (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138)

Yikes, Stephen King! Keep calm while Carrie's on at 1.05am, on Film4.

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER

Dave Prowse is heading to Waterstone’s Manchester Deansgate to sign copies of his new autobiography Straight From The Force’s Mouth from 12pm today.

The worlds of weird cross-dressing light entertainment and Torchwood collide at the SECC Clyde Auditorium from today as John Barrowman and The Krankies (yes, really) team up for panto Robinson Crusoe And The Caribbean Pirates .

Studio Ghibli fantasy The Cat Returns is on Film4 at 4.50pm.

A day of Trek begins on Film4 at 6:25pm in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Young scar face joins the grown ups in the fight against He Who Must Not Be Named in Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, 6:35pm on ITV1.

It's the first of a two-part series finale for Merlin, 8:10pm, BBC One. Don’t forget to read our review afterwards!

Santa gets kidnapped in The Nightmare Before Christmas, 8.55pm on BBC3.

There's more Kirk/Spock action (not THAT kind) in Star Trek II: The Wrath Of - altogether now - Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, 9pm on Film4.

You may have seen Salem’s Lot, but have you seen the in-name-only sequel, A Return To Salem’s Lot? Like The Stuff, it was helmed by cult director Larry Cohen – seriously, we love that guy. Horror Channel, 9pm (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138)

Hammer horror To The Devil A Daughter satanically impregnates the Horror Channel at 10.55pm. (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138)

The Trek bonanza continues with Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, 11:10pm on Film4.

Death by hanging, impaling and sheet-glass decapitation are on the agenda in The Omen, 00.05am on Channel 4.

There's more Hammer horror as The Gorgon gets an airing at 00:35am on BBC Two.

Should you wish to do the timewarp again, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is on Film4 at 1.10pm. You perv.

SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER

Sweet-toothed classic Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, featuring a slightly scary Gene Wilder, is on ITV1 at 3:05pm.

Neil Gaiman adap Stardust is on Film4 at 6.35pm.

Will Smith is a half-cut superhero in exactly half a good film (the second half is pants) - Hancock is on Channel 5 at 8pm.

Remember the three rules: Gremlins is on ITV2 at 8pm.

Flawless Trek reboot Star Trek is on Film4 at 9pm.

Black Mirror’s third and final episode (written by Peep Show’s Jesse Armstrong) is on Channel 4 at 10. Don’t forget to read our review afterwards!

Series three of Misfits comes to an end on E4 at 10pm. Don’t forget to read our review afterwards!

Samuel L Jackson has HAD IT with these m*********ing super-intelligent sharks in this m*********ing underwater research complex: Deep Blue Sea, 10.15pm on m*********ing ITV2.

Blimey, Carrie's on AGAIN - this time on Channel 4 at 11.35pm.