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Monday, 5 March 2012

Feature: Recap on Episode Eleven of Season Sixteen

The Sixteenth Series of Thomas & Friends returned for a third week run in Britain on Channel 5 milkshake!.

Coming from the same man who brought people the largely underwhelming Percy's New Friends, Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor was written by Gerard Foster
The piece had Thomas taking The Great Composer to places around Sodor that would have sounds for the Composer to hear, leading to him creating a tune out of it to show at Town Hall.

The two with The Fat Controller, Percy, Emily, Gordon, Mavis and James all took turns to speak out.

Annie and Clarabel remained silent throughout whilst Toby, Edward, The Troublesome Trucks and many recognisable Sodor residents near the end, cameod.
The episode pulled in negative reviews, mainly criticised for the series' focus back to the quality seen in Season Fifteen, rather than the improvements shown recently from the likes of Percy and the Calliope and others.

A major rule about realism on the railways was abolished when a scene of Gordon and the express arriving at the Whispering Woods was lamented by fans after the big engine gave the reason why he appeared there to Thomas.

What are you doing here Gordon? You should be on the main line. Gordon replied; I thought I'd take the pretty track.
This was also felt to be very unlike of the pompous character to do and the inclusion of stock footage from Toby and the Whistling Woods' riverbank annoyed many.

Other factors taken aback involved the poor explanation of closing the Quarry despite James being there, Thomas stopping at incorrect parts of the rail lines, his ignorance, the three strike formula and the near missed Quarry crash.

Despite this, few commendation emerged of Mavis being given a sizeable role, Robert Hartshorne's ambitious whistle tune seen at the end which entertained and the character of The Great Composer.
Keith Wickham who voiced the new human character was partically praised for the inventive voice and Russian accent he gave him alongside levels of vocal enthusiasm.

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Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends concludes its run in Australia on ABC2 on Tuesday March 6th 2012 at 2:55pm until Winter, with the episode, Happy Birthday, Sir!.

Channel 5 in the UK airs the next episode on their milkshake! slot on the same day at 7:35am with Salty's Surprise.

For a full list of the scheduling, visit the Dieselworks Turntable Roundhouse on the right hand sidebar for more details. 

Thanks to Thomas & Friends Wikia for information and images.

What did you think of this episode? Send your reaction in the comments section just under this post for your verdict.


  1. The Great Composer was fantastic! Keith Wickham did a wonderful job with him! Not a bad episode. Haven't decided on a rating yet. Probably a 3/10.

  2. To be honest, I thought the waterfall was one of the highlights of this episode, the rest was just bad.

  3. Nice ep, shame more old characters couldn't come back for this, the composer bloke was funny and nice voice. I give this 8.5 out of 10 with CGI they could have got a real composer such as Andrew Lloyd Webber or even Ringo Starr yeah and then turn them into CGI and get them to voice themselves. After all The Queen was on the show in series 4 93DOL youtube

  4. I have to say this episode was bad. It was obvious of what the sounds of Sodor is and despite that the music scene was impressive, it seems pointless. However this episode did remind me on 'We Wish You A Christmas' from the 1997 annual and the Composer was hilarious, but it was still bad.