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Family goes Who for Victoria Comic Con (w/video)

By Bianca Montes
Jan. 10, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Updated Jan. 9, 2014 at 7:10 p.m.

Amnysti Cavazos, 28, of Victoria, paints a window on her TARDIS costume for the Victoria Comic Con this weekend. Because of a recent obsession with "Doctor Who," Cavazos and her family decided to dress as characters from the TV show.

He loves comics.

She loves to craft.

And as soon as the Victoria couple found out that a comic convention was happening in their hometown, they jumped at the chance to dress up as characters from the famous British television series "Doctor Who," "and I'm making the costumes," Amnysti Cavazos told her husband.

The family of four - Cavazos; her husband, Justin; and children, Gavin, 9, and Penelope, 21 months - will show off their costumes Saturday at the first Victoria Comic Con, an event brought to the area by two 20-something locals wanting a place to buy toys.

After searching Pinterest and other online how-to sites, Cavazos handmade the costumes she and her daughter will wear and pieced together separates from a local thrift shop - and their home closet - for her husband and son.

"Obsessed - yeah, I can see it," Justin Cavazos said about his passion for all things science fiction or comic book related. After all, it's a trait passed down from his father, but it took a little more convincing to get his wife to jump on the bandwagon, he said.

But as soon as he began to tell her about the fascinating backstories of his favorite superheroes, she was hooked.

For him, he still remembers the first time he watched Batman come to life. It was the 1989 Tim Burton adaptation.

"I still remember it coming on the screen," he said. Even so, it still took him quite a while to start watching "Doctor Who."

Cavazos found the popular British science fiction series when friends started posting about it online.

Soon after, he and his family were hooked, watching seven seasons in a month.

"We'd watch three or four episodes a night," he said.

The television show follows a time-traveling alien as he explores the universe in his spaceship.

Justin and Amnysti Cavazos will portray those characters at the comic convention this weekend. Penelope will dress up as a Dalek, a mutated alien, and Gavin will be Capt. Jack Harkness.

The Doctor also is Time Lord who looks like a human. When the character is injured, his body regenerates and a new actor takes on the roll. Since its inception - the show previously ran from 1963 to 1989 - 12 actors have portrayed the doctor. Peter Capaldi is the current doctor.

"Honestly, I thought it was kind of weird," Amnysti Cavazos said about the show. "But even though I thought it was weird, we have a rule that we watch an entire season before giving up on a show."

Turns out she really liked the doctor's character, especially after actor David Tennant took over the role in the second season.

She said he makes the character quirky - it doesn't hurt that he also protects planet Earth and humanity.

"We don't do Halloween, so when else would we get the chance to dress up as a family?" she asked. "I think it will be a fun memory for our family to have. Next year, we'll go as superheroes."



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