VOLUNTEERS from across the South West are knitting the 'longest ever' Doctor Who scarf to celebrate the BBC show's 60th anniversary - just months away from the Tardis landing in Taunton.

The effort is part of an exhibition at Weston Museum, "Adventures in Time and Space - 60 years of Dr Who Art", featuring the largest collection of original Doctor Who art, running until January 27, 2024 in Weston-super-Mare before moving on to Somerset.

Katherine Bell, learnings and event officer at Weston Museum, shed light on the ambitious project to the BBC.

She said: "[The scarf] is about 23ft at the moment but it is ever growing".

According to Bell, the museum is encouraging everyone to participate, with no set pattern, colour, or yarn type to adhere to.

"Sustainability is very important to us," she stressed.

Ms Bell also shared the unique history of the original Doctor Who scarf, a beloved accessory worn by the 4th Doctor, Tom Baker.

Somerset County Gazette: The 4th Doctor Who Tom BakerThe 4th Doctor Who Tom Baker (Image: BBC)

When Baker was cast, costume designer James Acheson picked up a load of wool and asked knitter Begonia Pope to knit a scarf.

In what has since become a huge part of Doctor Who folklore, she inadvertently used all the wool Acheson had given her resulting in a scarf that was around 20ft long.

"Once we've had some fun wrapping up various things in our awesome scarf we plan to chop it down into standard lengths and these will then go towards our Warm Bundles Project", noted Ms Bell.

The Warm Bundles Project, a community-effort, will take sections of the scarf and distribute them to the homeless.

The knitting project is part of the 60th-anniversary celebration of Doctor Who.

Fans have already been excitedly anticipating three special episodes of the show to mark the big occasion, with fan-favourite David Tennant returning to the titular role of The Doctor once again.

Official dates the specials will air are yet to be confirmed by the BBC at the time of publication.