William Shatner – the original Captain Kirk – has called for the iconic sci-fi show and movie franchise Star Trek to return to its television roots.

Shatner told NerdB--tards that a TV series would provide a story-based alternative to what he described as the "majesty" of the movie franchise, and credited current Star Trek director JJ Abrams.

"JJ Abrams has found the key to getting a large audience into the movie theatre, and that's the ride," he said. "So you get a lot of the CGI effects, which is the epic movie-making aspect of today.

"That's in order to get you into the theatre, because the majesty of the movie is shown by the large screen. But when you get into the small screen, you need stories - entertaining, interesting, vital stories."

The now 82-year-old Shatner added that he feels there is "always room" for stories that "have a philosophy and also... an excitement about them".

"Those were the best of Star Trek, those kinds of stories," he maintains. "That kind of imaginative approach that stirs young people into wanting to be connected with science."

If there was to be a TV reboot, Hannibal boss Bryan Fuller would surely fit the bill. He recently admitted that he would relish the opportunity to oversee a new Star Trek TV series.

"I would love to if I had the opportunity," said the showrunner, whose previous includes Heroes and Pushing Daisies. "If they offered it to me, I'd jump on the trolley and start ringing the bell."