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“But it's a wonderful idea for a story! I shall ride all about your day, Thomas, and how helped your friends.”
―The storyteller

Thomas and the Storyteller is the first episode of the eleventh series.

Plot

A famous storyteller is coming to Sodor to open a new library. Thomas is chosen to show her around the island to give her inspiration for a story she will read at the opening. Thomas collects her from Brendam and decides to take her to Pirate's Cove, but stops when he sees James with a broken siderod. Thomas has to pull James and his passengers to Maithwaite.

Thomas decides to take the storyteller to the ruined castle instead, but meets Emily, who had a broken whistle while taking some flour to the bakery and it is not safe to work without one. Thomas pulls Emily to the bakery and tells the storyteller that he will take her to Misty Valley so she can make a story about magic. But then, he sees Percy stranded in an overflowing river and Thomas pushes him out. It is already time for the opening and Thomas only manages to get there with seconds to spare. However, the storyteller has an idea for a story: Her own adventures she had with Thomas that day.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the first episode of the eleventh series.
  • This is Christopher Skala's first episode as executive producer.
  • This is the first episode filmed in 1080i high definition.
  • This is the first episode to use the Engine Roll Call as the opening song.
  • This could have been inspired by Thomas Helps Out.
  • In some close-up shots of Thomas, the storyteller's large scale figure was digitally added into his cab.
  • A fade-effect was used when Thomas switched tracks to help James.
  • At one point, the storyteller is seen holding a miniature page of a Thomas script.
  • The scene where Percy was stranded in the river after his fire in his firebox was being washed out is similar to the third series episode Percy's Promise, except Percy doesn't have coaches with him this time.
  • The release of this episode in the UK coincided with the publication of Thomas and Victoria, the forty-first Railway Series book.
  • James's coupling rod broked of is similar to what happened to Edward in the second series episode, Edward's Exploit or what happened the same to Thomas either in the sixth series episode Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry or in the eighth series episode, Thomas and the Circus

Goofs

  • Thomas pushes Percy out of the water, but he later states that he pulled Percy out. Also, the roof of Thomas' cab wobbles when he pushes Percy.
  • In a close-up of Thomas, his lamp irons are crooked.
  • When Thomas leaves the docks, his puffing sound plays before he starts moving.
  • Thomas incorrectly says he took James' passengers and Emily's flour trucks to their destinations, but he pulled James and the passengers to Maithwaite and Emily and her flour trucks to the mill.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 托马斯和故事家
Czech Tomáš a Paní Spisovatelka
Danish Thomas og Historiefortælleren
Dutch Thomas en de Verhalenverteller
Finnish Thomas ja Tekijä
German Thomas und die Geschichtenerzählerin
Hungarian Thomas és a Mesemondó
Japanese トーマスとしょうせつか
Korean 이야기를 들려주세요
Norwegian Thomas og Historiefortelleren
Polish Tomek i Gawędziarka
Portuguese Thomas e a Contadora de Histórias
Romanian Thomas și Povestitoarea
Russian Томас и рассказчица
Slovak Thomas a Pani Spisovateľka
Spanish Thomas y la Cuentacuentos
Swedish Thomas och Sagoberättaren
Thai เรื่องเล่าของหัวรถจักรคันพิเศษ

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