Now one company claims they are close to bringing the fiction into reality with their Luna personal robot.
The human-sized android can apparently perform simple tasks like walking the dog and serving drinks, or more complex tasks like assisting doctors and nurses in a hospital.
Santa Monica-based company RoboDynamics believe their product will revolutionise robotics in the same way that the PC did home computing and the iPhone revolutionised mobile electronics.
The innovation received press in 2011, but now the developers have launched a Kickstarter campaign for the £320,000 ($500,000) needed to bring Luna to market.
Early adopters will get the robot for $999, rather than the expected £965 ($1,500) price tag, with a scheduled December 2015 shipping date.
Interaction with Luna is possible using an 8-inch touchscreen display on its face, as well as through a microphone, wireless and cellular communication.
The robot stands five feet tall with two ‘arms’ on either side of its body.
It rolls around on wheels – which might hamper its ability somewhat just as it did the Daleks in Doctor Who.
But the design of the robot is open source, and with multiple USB ports the makers claim that anyone could design accessories or various add-ons for it.
It also features an HD camera and a carrying handle.