The tenth series of Thomas & Friends was first broadcast in September 2006 in the US and October 2006 in the UK. There are twenty-eight episodes in this series and all were narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US.

Production

During production of this series, Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James and Percy received brand new models of them built. This was due to their original perspex models being twenty-two years old at this point and tight filming schedules meant there was very little room for emergency repairs.

The new models were made out of brass and equipped with CNC machined aluminium chassis powered by DC motors. From this point onwards the perspex models would only appear in stunt scenes to prevent damage to their brass counterpart.

In one particular episode, The Green Controller, James' original perspex model was repainted into the black and yellow bee livery, likely because the production team didn't want to ruin the new brass model after it had just been made and painted.

In the episode Thomas and Skarloey's Big Day Out, Skarloey's small scale model was used again for the first time since the fifth series (excluding stock footage appearances in the seventh series). It was used for the long shots alongside Thomas' gauge 1 model because the large scale Skarloey model would've been severely out of scale.

Episodes

(Note: * means that an episode has yet to be released on home media in the US).

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
FollowThatFlour17.png Follow that Flour Sharon Miller 2 October 2006 #01
Thomas bumps and hides a truck of flour, which James was meant to take.
ASmoothRide8.png A Smooth Ride Simon Nicholson 2 October 2006 #02
Sir Handel returns from the quarry, but is afraid he will be sent back when he starts bumping.
ThomasandtheJetPlane25.png Thomas and the Jet Plane * Abi Grant 3 October 2006 #03
Thomas meets a jet plane named Jeremy and gets jealous of what he does.
PercyandtheFunfair54.png Percy and the Funfair
Percy and the Carnival
Abi Grant 3 October 2006 #04
Percy is given the assignment of delivering coal while his friends get to help with a funfair.
TheGreenController49.png The Green Controller Sharon Miller 4 October 2006 #05
Lady Hatt appoints Percy to give the engines orders as the Fat Controller has lost his voice, but Percy only causes a muddle.
DuncanDropsaClanger61.png Duncan Drops a Clanger * Paul Larson 4 October 2006 #06
Duncan transports a church bell, but due to his carelessness, he loses it for a bit.
Thomas'TrickyTree59.png Thomas' Tricky Tree Sharon Miller 5 October 2006 #07
Thomas searches the wharf for a Christmas tree, but neglects to take the narrow gauge engines' advice.
Toby'sAfternoonOff69.png Toby's Afternoon Off Marc Seal 5 October 2006 #08
Toby wants to visit the farm after finishing his jobs, but is given more work to do.
It'sGoodtobeGordon50.png It's Good to be Gordon * Abi Grant 6 October 2006 #09
Gordon accidentally takes Henry's special coal, but he does not admit this mistake, leaving Henry to break down.
SeeingtheSights26.png Seeing the Sights Wayne Jackman 6 October 2006 #10
Thomas races from place to place too fast and leaves passengers behind at each stop.
FearlessFreddie90.png Fearless Freddie * Simon Nicholson 7 October 2006 #11
Freddie realises he is ageing after resorting to cheating in a race with Skarloey and Rheneas, leaving one of them to come off the tracks.
Toby'sNewShed74.png Toby's New Shed * Simon Nicholson 7 October 2006 #12
Toby is upset when the birds roosting in his shed are made homeless when his shed is renovated and now Thomas puts things right.
BigStrongHenry75.png Big Strong Henry Simon Nicholson 8 October 2006 #13
Henry tries to prove he is the strongest engine on the railway.
StickyToffeeThomas60.png Sticky Toffee Thomas
Sticky Taffy Thomas
*
Paul Larson 8 October 2006 #14
Thomas wants to wear a costume for the costume party, but he does not pay attention to what he is doing.
WhichWayNow25.png Which Way Now? * James Mason 9 October 2006 #15
Rusty rushes workmen so he can take the Fat Controller around the Skarloey Railway.
ThomasandtheShootingStar59.png Thomas and the Shooting Star * Abi Grant 9 October 2006 #16
Thomas gets lost on his way to the power station while searching for a shooting star.
EdwardStrikesOut29.png Edward Strikes Out Sharon Miller 10 October 2006 #17
Edward prejudices a new crane called Rocky, but he soon eats his words after Rocky helps Gordon after an accident.
ToppedOffThomas15.png Topped Off Thomas * Sharon Miller 10 October 2006 #18
While racing Spencer, Thomas blows the Fat Controller's top hat away and is told to find it again.
WharfandPeace73.png Wharf and Peace * Abi Grant 11 October 2006 #19
Skarloey is startled at the wharf and is too scared to return.
Thomas'FrostyFriend76.png Thomas' Frosty Friend Sharon Miller 11 October 2006 #20
A snowman-shaped balloon attaches itself to Thomas' rear buffers.
EmilyandtheSpecialCoaches30.png Emily and the Special Coaches
Emily and the Special Cars
*
James Mason 12 October 2006 #21
Gordon is getting new coaches for setting a speed record, but Diesel thinks he is special too and out of spite steals them when Emily was supposed to take them to Knapford.
ThomasAndTheColours17.png Thomas and the Colours
Thomas and the Colors
Marc Seal 12 October 2006 #22
Thomas tries to convince James to give him the job of pulling the Sodor football team.
ThomasAndTheBirthdayMail52.png Thomas and the Birthday Mail James Mason 13 October 2006 #23
Thomas is annoyed when a new tank engine, Rosie, harasses and follows him.
Duncan'sBluff61.png Duncan's Bluff Paul Larson 13 October 2006 #24
Duncan cheats in a contest with James, making him run out of coal before he has to take children to a holiday concert.
MissingTrucks41.png Missing Trucks
Missing Cars
Missing Freight Cars
Wayne Jackman 14 October 2006 #25
Rheneas' good deed of helping Skarloey causes trouble.
ThomasandtheTreasure75.png Thomas and the Treasure Marc Seal 14 October 2006 #26
Thomas goes looking for treasure, following clues told by Salty.
JamestheSecondBest64.png James the Second Best * Paul Larson 15 October 2006 #27
James is upset when Edward is chosen to appear on a railway poster, so he tries to follow his ways.
ThomasandSkarloey'sBigDayOut60.png Thomas and Skarloey's Big Day Out Paul Larson 15 October 2006 #28
Thomas takes Skarloey to the Works, but he delays to show him the sights.

Songs

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
DoingitRight2.png Doing it Right Ed Welch 3rd September 2006 (US)
Whatever job you're doing,
Make sure you're doing it right...
HenryAndTheWishingTree64.png Favourite Place Ed Welch 11th October 2006 (UK)
Everybody needs to have their favourite place
Somewhere that they like to be...
HisforHarold.jpg H is for Harold Ed Welch 24th September 2006 (US)
'F' is for friendship, and flying and free.
'G' is for good, as good friends ought to be...
SeeingtheSights26.png Navigation Ed Welch 9th October 2006 (UK)
When to stop and when to go
These are things you have to know...
Thomas'DayOff6.jpg There's Always Something New Ed Welch 7th October 2006 (UK)
There's always somewhere new to go
And something new to see...
CallingAllEngines!169.png Responsibility Ed Welch 15th October 2006 (UK)
What makes an engine happy?
What makes an engine sad?...
ThomasGetsItRight19.jpg Strength Ed Welch 13th October 2006 (UK)
You've got to have strength, strength to make the wheels go round
Strength, strength to lift things off the ground...
ThomasandtheMissingChristmasTree58.png Jingle Bells Syōji Miyazawa 29 October 2010 (JPN; DVD)
Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh
In a one-horse open sleigh, O'rer the fields we go...
Buzz,Buzz75.png Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Nobuo Nitta 29 October 2010 (JPN; DVD)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows...

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

In the tenth series airing on Nick Jr. in the UK, PBS Kids in the US and Treehouse in Canada, two tenth series episodes were paired along with a segment called "Sodor's Special Places" involving one of the locations on the Island of Sodor. In the US, they started adding the opening when Thomas' crew gets him ready for another days work and an ending when Thomas' crew cleans him after a days work in the PBS airings as it was used in the UK during the ninth series airings on Nick Jr. in 2005.

Being Reliable

Connections

Clues

Friendship

Special Days

Old and New

  • Fearless Freddie 
  • Song: There's Always Something New 
  • Sodor's Special Places: The Quarry
  • Learning Segment: Toby's New Shed
  • Toby's New Shed

Imagination

Navigation

Big and Small

Favourite Places

The Way I See It

Strength

Discovery

Feelings

Trivia

  • This series, along with the twentieth are the only series to have twenty-eight episodes, which makes them the longest series in the show's history. Additionally, the tenth series was the first to deviate from the standard twenty-six episodes per series.
  • Thomas appears in twenty-seven of the twenty-eight episodes in this series, more than any other series in episodes produced by HiT Entertainment and the whole model series.
  • This is the last series of a few things:
    • The last series filmed in 576i standard definition and on DigiBeta.
    • Jocelyn Stevenson's last series as executive producer.
    • The last series to have episodes written by Marc Seal and James Mason.
    • The last series shown in fullscreen (4:3) in France.
    • The last series to feature Thomas' tired face.
    • The last series to feature the 8th series theme song in the intro.
    • The last series to feature the 2004-2006 HiT series at the end of the episodes.
    • The last series to feature the small scale model of a narrow gauge engine.
  • In the first airing of this series on the international channel, JimJam TV, only twenty-six episodes aired.
  • This series was the first of several things:
    • The first series in which 'Arry and Bert do not appear since their introduction in the fifth series, although they do appear in music videos from this series.
    • The first series in where Neville, Dennis and Proteus do not appear since their introductions in the ninth series.
    • The first series where Bill, Ben and Molly do not speak since their introductions.
    • The first series where Caroline does not appear since her return.
    • The first series in where Bulgy does not speak since his return.
    • The first series to feature Spencer in his silver livery.
    • Sharon Miller's first series as Additional Material Written.
    • The first series to have episodes written by Wayne Jackman.
    • The first series not to have any of its episodes released on VHS in the US.
    • The first series where not every episode has been released on home media in the US.
    • The first series since the sixth series where Annie and Clarabel appear, but do not speak.
    • The first series narrated by Alexandru Rusu in Romania since the seventh series.
    • The first series to feature the steam effect between the roll call & the credits.
  • This series marks the return of Sir Handel since his debut in the fourth series and the Chinese Dragon since its debut in the third series. Duck also made a brief appearance in a music video.
  • This is the only series for two things:
  • Most of the recent broadcasts on Nick Jr. have episodes or interactive segments either out of sync or with crossed over audio.
  • According to Abi Grant's website, Bulstrode was originally intended to have a large scale model built for the wharf set. Due to budget constraints, however, this never happened.
  • A large-scale model of James was built for when he interacts with the Narrow Gauge Engines.
  • The US narrations of the following episodes have currently only been shown on television and have yet to appear on home video in North America:
    • Thomas and the Jet Plane
    • Duncan Drops a Clanger
    • It's Good to be Gordon
    • Fearless Freddie
    • Toby's New Shed
    • Sticky Taffy Thomas
    • Which Way Now?
    • Thomas and the Shooting Star
    • Topped Off Thomas
    • Wharf and Peace
    • Emily and the Special Cars
    • James the Second Best
  • Apart from Strength, There's Always Something New and Responsibility (short version), most songs made during this series have currently only been shown on television in the US and have yet to appear on home video in North America:
    • Doing It Right
    • Favorite Place
    • H is for Harold
    • Navigation
    • Responsibility (Extended Version)
  • Both the eighth and ninth series aired on Channel 5's Milkshake! block after this season.

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