Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia
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The ninth series of Thomas & Friends was first broadcast in September 2005. The series was narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US. It ran for twenty-six episodes.

Production

The ninth series was filmed around the time HiT Entertainment had put themselves for sale because of straining toy firms. Private equity investment group Apax Partners decided to purchase HiT to save them from any possible downfall. The year this series released, 2005, was also the same year that included the hiring of Sharon Miller as she was enlisted to be Script Editor.

In the episode, The Magic Lamp, Peter Sam's small-scale model was used for the first time since the fifth series (excluding stock footage in the seventh series). The model was used for the scene where Peter Sam met Harold, as there was not a large-scale narrow gauge Harold and the large scale Peter Sam model would have been severely out of scale.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
PercyAndTheOilPainting75.png Percy and the Oil Painting Abi Grant 2nd September 2005 #01
Percy takes a famous artist around Sodor so that he can paint a picture of "The Spirit of Sodor."
ThomasandtheRainbow83.png Thomas and the Rainbow Abi Grant 2nd September 2005 #02
Thomas is distracted chasing a rainbow and comes off the tracks.
Thomas'MilkshakeMuddle32.png Thomas' Milkshake Muddle Marc Seal 9th September 2005 #03
Thomas is sent to get ingredients for cake and ice cream for a summer party, but almost ruins it by rushing around too much.
MightyMac7.png Mighty Mac Paul Larson 9th September 2005 #04
Mighty Mac, a new engine with two faces, has a problem deciding where to go.
Molly'sSpecialSpecial48.png Molly's Special Special Paul Larson 16th September 2005 #05
Thomas helps the new yellow engine named Molly to make her empty trucks/freight cars look more important than Gordon's express.
RespectforGordon59.png Respect for Gordon James Mason 16th September 2005 #06
Gordon begins bossing the others for respect, until he crashed into some jam tankers.
ThomasandtheBirthdayPicnic75.png Thomas and the Birthday Picnic Sharon Miller 23rd September 2005 #07
Thomas tries to find a perfect place for Dowager Hatt's birthday picnic.
TunefulToots57.png Tuneful Toots Sharon Miller 23rd September 2005 #08
Rusty gets stranded while showing the brass band around and uses his horn to save the day.
ThomasandtheToyShop5.png Thomas and the Toy Shop
Thomas and the Toy Workshop
James Mason 30th September 2005 #09
Thomas takes some toys to the Knapford toy shop as well as children from school, but needs Henry's assistance because the train is too heavy for him to pull on his own.
RheneasandtheDinosaur51.png Rheneas and the Dinosaur Paul Larson 30th September 2005 #10
Rheneas tries to take a dinosaur skeleton to the Transfer Yards on his own, much to Skarloey's dismay.
ThomasAndTheNewEngine72.png Thomas and the New Engine Marc Seal 7th October 2005 #11
Thomas sees 'Arry and Bert laughing rudely at a new engine named Neville, but mistakenly thinks Neville is friends with them and spreads rumours to Edward, James, Percy and Emily.
TobyFeelsLeftOut16.png Toby Feels Left Out Simon A. Brown 7th October 2005 #12
A museum is being opened and Toby is worried he will be put in it.
ThomasTriesHisBest74.png Thomas Tries His Best James Mason 14th October 2005 #13
Thomas wants to go to a fair while he has to wait for Farmer McColl with his chickens.
TheMagicLamp14.png The Magic Lamp Sharon Miller 14th October 2005 #14
Peter Sam goes looking for a magic lamp after Skarloey tells him the story of Proteus.
ThomasandtheStatue75.png Thomas and the Statue Marc Seal 21st October 2005 #15
Thomas is chosen to take a statue, which he believes is of him, causing him to anger his friends.
HenryandtheFlagpole65.png Henry and the Flagpole Paul Larson 21st October 2005 #16
Henry fears his favourite tree will be cut down to provide a flagpole for Callan Castle.
EmilyKnowsBest61.png Emily Knows Best Marc Seal 28th October 2005 #17
Emily pretends to be a queen, only to cause confusion and delay for Percy and Toby.
Thomas'DayOff61.png Thomas' Day Off Sharon Miller 28th October 2005 #18
Dennis the new diesel engine acts lazy and gets Thomas to do all his work.
Thomas'NewTrucks29.png Thomas' New Trucks Paul Larson 4th November 2005 #19
Thomas is jealous when James gets new trucks. He soon gets his own, but they keep getting dirty.
DuncanAndTheOldMine38.png Duncan and the Old Mine James Mason 4th November 2005 #20
Duncan, looking for adventure, ventures into a disused mine.
BoldandBrave45.png Bold and Brave James Mason 11th November 2005 #21
Diesel tells Thomas about the "curse of the cliffs" which makes him worried.
SkarloeytheBrave49.png Skarloey the Brave Paul Larson 11th November 2005 #22
Skarloey proves to be a daredevil when he tries to ride up the incline.
SavingEdward26.png Saving Edward James Mason 18th November 2005 #23
Edward cannot take his train and fears he will be scrapped.
ThomasAndTheGoldenEagle89.png Thomas and the Golden Eagle Abi Grant 18th November 2005 #24
Thomas and Percy try to see a rare golden eagle.
KeepingUpwithJames80.png Keeping Up with James Abi Grant 25th November 2005 #25
James' impatience with Edward proves to be disastrous when they are assigned partners for the day.
FlourPower91.png Flour Power Abi Grant 25th November 2005 #26
Diesel spooks Thomas, but Thomas gets payback at him.

Songs

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
RheneasandtheDinosaur7.png Buffer Up and Share Ed Welch 9th September 2005 (UK)
Everything we share
We care for one another We're a team...
ThomasAndTheCircus96.png Party Time Ed Welch 23rd September 2005 (UK)
We can meet you at the station
Take you to a celebration...
FlourPower1.png Day and Night Ed Welch 14th October 2005 (UK)
As the day dawns fine and the sun beams shines
It's the start of another day...
Pride6.png Pride Ed Welch 28th October 2005 (UK)
Whatever we do, we do it well
because we all decide...
CallingAllEngines!187.png Brave Ed Welch 11th November 2005 (UK)
There are times to be brave and times to be strong,
when you are lost and you're all alone...
HenryandtheFlagpole46.png Every Day's a Special Day on Sodor Ed Welch 25th November 2005 (UK)
Every day's a Special Day on Sodor.
Changing as the seasons come and go...
Togetherness10.png Togetherness Ed Welch 6th May 2008 (US; DVD)
Working, working, working together
Huff and puff through all sorts of weather...

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

When the ninth series was airing on Nick Jr. in the UK and Ireland, PBS Kids in the US and Treehouse TV in Canada, the airings were paired with not just seventh series episodes, but even some sixth series episodes which were originally narrated by Alec Baldwin and re-dubbed by Michael Brandon in the US, with Michael Angelis re-dubbing his narrations in the UK. In the sixth series episodes, music was also re-dubbed with music from episodes produced by HiT Entertainment as well. Also since this was the first series to have the title cards read, the episodes from the sixth and seventh series did the same thing. In the beginning of the Nick Jr. airings in the UK and Ireland and the Treehouse airings in Canada, an opening when Thomas' crew gets him ready for another day's work and an ending when Thomas' crew cleans him after a day's work was added. When they aired in Latin America on Discovery Kids, the sixth and seventh series episodes are not paired with the airings.

Colo(u)rs

Caring/Taking Care

Respect

Celebration

Achievement

Change

Night and Day

Shapes

Pride

Lost and Found

Bravery

Loyalty

Seasons

Trivia

  • This is the last series:
    • In which the half-hour formats feature episodes directed by David Mitton.
    • To have any of its episodes released on VHS in the US, though this only happened with six episodes.
    • Narrated by Ian MacAmhlaigh in Scotland and Daniel Vulcu in Romania.
    • To feature Edward's unused deadpanned face from the fourth series.
    • To feature Cranky's angry face from the sixth series.
    • To feature Percy's furious face from the second series.
    • Released on VHS in South Korea.
    • To have Scottish Gaelic dubs.
    • Aired by JimJam in Poland.
    • To not feature Sir Handel.
  • Rusty was referred to as a female in early American narrations of Tuneful Toots and Duncan and the Old Mine that broadcast on PBS Kids. This was corrected in later airings and on the DVD releases.
  • This was Sharon Miller's first series as part of the writing team and as script editor. She later became the first head writer in the twelfth series.
  • A large-scale gauge 3 model of Thomas was built for when he interacted with the Narrow Gauge engines.
  • The Korean DVDs credit Michael Angelis as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed in their respective language.
  • This is the only series of a few things:
    • The only series that Simon A. Brown was a part of the writing team.
    • The only model series where none of the non-human characters introduced appeared in full CGI.
    • The only series to feature Rusty's sleeping/wincing face, albeit in a deleted scene.
    • Thomas and the Toy Shop was the only episode that not aired by MiniMini from this series in Poland.
  • This series marks the first for several things:
    • The first series where Thomas appears in every episode, albeit not speaking in all of them.
    • The first series to have Steve Asquith as the head writer, succeeding Paul Larson and Abi Grant.
    • The first series to air on Milkshake on 1st November 2006-17th November 2006.
    • The first series since the sixth where Cranky speaks in more than one episode.
    • The first series where the episodes' title cards are read aloud by the narrator, including the episodes of the sixth and seventh series airing in between. However, a few US episodes did not have their titles read aloud in the Thomas and the Toy Workshop DVD.
    • The first series where Rusty's gender is male.
    • The first series in which Arthur, Murdoch, Spencer, The Duke and Duchess of Boxford, Elizabeth and Jem Cole do not appear since their introductions. However, Elizabeth, Jem Cole and The Duke of Boxford make appearances in music videos, as does Arthur in a DVD game. The Duke did appear in a deleted scene.
    • The first series in which Maron station does not appear since its return in the sixth series.
    • The first series since the second not to release any episodes on home video before being broadcast.
    • The first series produced by HiT Entertainment under ownership of Apax Partners.
    • The first series that not released music video on DVD in South Korea.
    • Marc Seal's first series as Additional Material Written.

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