Soft, strong and very, very long. The scarf, that is – not Andrex toilet tissue.
Lovarzi has created the first officially licensed Doctor Who scarf, modelled on, of course, the original fourth Doctor scarf from Season 12. He’s battled Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, the K1 robot and the Wirrn in it; now you can pop down the shops proudly displaying your stripes.
And what stripes they are. The detail is incredible: whereas a family-knitted one might skimp on a few individual stripes, Lovarzi has made sure they’ve created an exact facsimile. There’re a few colours that are only used on stripes the width of your finger, which is really impressive and shows just how much love and respect has gone into it.
It’s warm and really, really soft. If you don’t let out a pleased ‘ooooh, feel that’ upon opening, there’s something wrong with you. What’s more, I get very conscious of anything around my neck, but this scarf didn’t make me feel isolated or strangled, and doesn’t itch either.
The colours are wonderfully bright, and as it’s 100% Acrylic, the scarf’s resistant to fading caused by sunlight (a massive relief for dedicated fans), as well as some oils, chemicals and, somehow, even moths!
It’s a considerable 10” (28cm) wide, and a massive 13ft (3.96m) in length. Just be thankful Lovarzi didn’t base it on the 24ft design, grudgingly worn by Tom Baker a few times, despite it being three times his actual height! But if you wear it like the Doctor does, it happily dangles somewhere between your waist and your knees, depending on: i) how many loops you do, and ii) how tight you wear it around your neck. Unlike a few of Tom’s many scarves, it’ll hover above the ground nicely.
That’s probably the one concern for Whovians: if you’re spending nearly £50, then you’ll want to wear it. But if you wear it, it might get damaged. It’s the ultimate, timeless dilemma.
While I, personally, wouldn’t wear it when it’s drumming up a storm, you probably could without having it damaged. In fact, I’ve heard it deals with the rain well – although it might get a little dirty! Nonetheless, it’s equally great for collectors as cosplayers (many of whom, I’m sure, have grabbed this one up!).
The scarf even comes in a plastic carry-case. I had a bit of an issue getting it back in the case, worrying unnecessarily that the tassels would get caught in the zip, but it does protect it, and I’m really impressed with its packaging. Especially as Lovarzi offer free UK delivery!
I’m sure many will have issue with its price; indeed, £50 does sound a lot before purchase. However, I have no qualms about paying such an amount after receiving it. The quality is astounding; inferior, less-detailed scarves can also cost around this price; and the fabric alone would cost in excess of this anyway.
To say I like this scarf is an understatement. It would also be an understatement to say it’s bizarre no other company has thought of this before.
If a family member gives you a hand-knitted scarf for Christmas, give it back, and direct them to Lovarzi. The Fourth Doctor Scarf: accept no imitations.