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“Steady boys!”
―Victor to Thomas and Charlie

Play Time is the seventh episode of the thirteenth series.


Allicia Botti is going to perform at the Town Hall and Thomas is given the job to collect her from the docks. On the way, Thomas meets Percy who tells him that a new engine named Charlie has also arrived at the docks and that he is more fun than Thomas. Thomas meets Charlie at the docks and Charlie tells him that his friends on the Mainland think that Thomas is even more fun than him. The Fat Controller tells Charlie to pick up some trucks at the Sodor Steamworks for the concert at the Town Hall.

Charlie challenges Thomas to a race to the Steamworks. Thomas declines, but when Charlie says that he is not fun, he agrees and the two set off for the Steamworks - not to the Town Hall. After going to the Steamworks, Charlie tells Thomas to race him over the Fenland Fields. Thomas agrees and they race across the rickety track. The bumpy track starts to shake the coupling between Thomas and Annie loose, but Thomas does not know it. After the race, Thomas sees Gordon taking some important people, including the Fat Controller, to the Town Hall. Thomas realises he is late and rushes away. Unbeknownst to Thomas, the loose coupling comes undone and he leaves Annie, Clarabel and Allicia Botti behind.

When Thomas arrives at the Town Hall, the Fat Controller scolds Thomas for being late and for leaving Allicia Botti behind. Thomas then rushes back to find them only to be challenged to another race by Charlie. Thomas, knowing that now is not the time for racing, refuses and continues looking for his coaches. Suddenly, he hears Allicia Botti singing. Thomas rushes towards her voice and finds her singing to some people on a bridge. Thomas takes her to the Town Hall and she praises him for her exciting ride.





US and CAN


  • Jules de Jongh joins the UK cast.
  • The Fat Controller's first name is revealed when Allicia Botti calls the Fat Controller "Bertram."
  • This episode was shown in select US theatres.
  • Stock footage from the special, Hero of the Rails is used.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of the Rail Under Road Bridge Signalbox in full CGI, as well as the first episode to feature it since the first series episode, Thomas in Trouble.
  • Allicia Botti sings parts of Georges Bizet's opera, "Carmen."
  • This episode marks the first appearance of the Watermill in an episode since the eighth series episode Emily's Adventure.
  • In Poland, this episode premiered before Hero of the Rails, so the audience would not know about Victor, Kevin or the Sodor Steamworks.
  • On the Korean DVD subtitles, the word "Mainland" is not translated.
  • On the Korean DVD subtitles, the word "Carpet" was wrote as "Capyet".


  • The narrator said that Charlie was coupled up to Edward's flatbed, but Charlie was actually coupled up to two flatbeds.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 玩乐时间
Czech Závody
Danish Fart Over Området
Dutch Speeltijd
Finnish Hauska Tuomas
French Charlie le Nouveau
German Lustig oder nützlich?
Greek Η ώρα του παιχνιδιού
Hungarian Mókás Mozdonyok
Icelandic Leikjastund
Indonesian Watkunya Bermain
Italian Un Vero Spasso
Japanese たのしいチャーリー
Korean 누가 누가 재밌나 (EBS)
재밌게 놀자! (MNV)
Latin Spanish Es Hora de Jugar
Norwegian Moro på skinner
Polish Zabawa
Romanian Timpul Pentru Joacă
Russian Глупые гонки
Serbian Vrijeme za igru
Swedish Lekdags

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