Context: Aliens are a mirror to humanity
Aeschylus, Shakespeare or Mary Shelley would all and also very likely recognise these narrative tropes of alien Other as being endemic behavioural and psychological reflections of humanity itself. More interesting, perhaps, than that we find ourselves serially encountering our own image and bundled native biases in fiction is that an underlying dynamical symmetry of recombinatory information-processing system self-propagation is the driving force.
While our fears, hopes, needs and cultural (as much as psychological) orientations towards information system self-propagation are implicit, they return to us wearing the affective masks and rational, pragmatic mechanisms of our latest technological inventions and aligned belief systems. The combinatorial narrative possibilities are unbounded but then why do the same patterns endlessly arise? It is because the narrative representational dynamics of cognition are themselves mirrors of underlying material and logical ontologies; autonomously-oriented towards the reproduction of algorithmically-concise encodings in, through and as a contextual transmission medium of abstract symbolic self-propagation.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/TARDISThe TARDIS is infinitely self-inflected because language (and we, through it) also are.