Bow Ties? Cool. Scarves? Cooler.

It’s December, so the Christmas countdown has started – and, speaking of time, here’s a nifty gift idea for the Doctor Who fan in your family or circle of friends.

Take a TARDIS and flash forward to December 25th, to the moment when that special Whovian in your life opens their perfectly wrapped Christmas prezzy to uncover a replica Doc Who scarf to keep them warm throughout the rest of winter. Sure, bow ties are cool but a lovingly crafted replica of your fave Time Lord’s nifty neckwear? Geronimo!

The kind folk over at Lovarzi, accessory specialists who’ve pretty much nailed a range of geek-chic Doctor Who knitwear (not to mention a Sherlock collection that Cumberbatch himself would be happy to investigate), were generous enough to send me my very own 4th Doctor replica scarf, which dedicated fans may recognise as the type worn by DW legend Tom Baker.

It’s priced at ¬£49.99 but, given that it’s a pretty substantial size (opening up to 13ft/4m long), it’s worth every penny. The officially licensed scarf is a perfect treat for hardcore fans and cosplayers, but even occasional Who watchers (or even complete newbies) may find themselves enamoured by the blend of warm autumnal colours: yellow, purple, green, burgundy red. So, while it may be recognised as an iconic scarf to Who fans passing by, you could just as happily wear it for comfort and style regardless of your allegiance (or non-allegiance) – the only thing giving its true identity away is a label inside, which you’d have to get pretty up close to in order to clarify its official Who status.

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To buy your very own decorative scarf, or to browse the official BBC Doctor Who and Sherlock collections, head over to the Lovarzi website and keep up-to-date on Twitter. After all, it’s pretty cold out there in space and time – best to wrap up!

14 for 2014: One Last Sherlock and Marvel-lous Movies

It’s a grey, rainy Monday and Christmas is officially over even if you have some leftover mince pies in your lunchbox – because, that’s right, it’s back to work too! Not feeling January yet? Well, here begins my countdown of 14 things to be excited about in 2014. Not just any 14 things either, but 14 of the coolest, date-in-the-diary, OMFG-worthy things that any and every geek should be excited about this year.

Cumberbitches, you’ll be happy to know your boy’s made the list. Following on from New Year’s Day treat ‘The Empty Hearse’ and yesterday’s frighteningly funny farce ‘The Sign of Three’, we have one final mystery to maintain our Holmesian horn. Can anything top second season finale’s Moriarty-flavoured dance with death? Featuring ‘The Killing’s Lars Mikkelsen as new super-villain Charles Augustus Magnussen, it promises to be a suitably dramatic end point for now. Check out the trailer below – get through this week and this lil’ treat will be waiting for you, Sunday night on the BBC.

It’s only a matter of time before Cumberbatch or Freeman wind up in a Marvel movie, such is the studio’s current Thor-like grip on the hammer of Hollywood. As the Marvel universe continues into its Phase Two, following sterling efforts from ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Thor’ last year that surprised by being better than they had any right to be, this summer looks set to be one of Marvel-lous movies.

First up, there’s the second outing for Captain America in ‘The Winter Soldier’ which looks set to give the dullest Avenger some cred as he pairs up with Scarlett’s Black Widow for some 21st Century heroics. More interesting though is August’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ which sounds and, considering the first official still below, looks pretty mental. James Gunn takes Marvel fans into deep space, with a villainous Karen Gwilliams and kick-ass talking raccoon (yup, he talks – and sounds like Bradley Cooper in fact) amongst the loony licks we can expect.

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It could be the next level of comic book movies, or it could briefly derail Marvel’s movie empire – either way, it’s not gonna be boring. Look out for more non-boring things to look out for in 2014 throughout the week.