The eighth season of the television series was the first season produced by HiT Entertainment and the first season of the New Series narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US. It first premiered on DVD and VHS on May 2004 before airing on TV. It was first broadcast on television on August 2004 in the UK and September 2004 in the US.
|Screenshot||Title||Written by||Original UK|
|Episode number #|
|"Thomas and the Tuba"||Dave Ingham|| 24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)|
1 August 2004
|Thomas is so excited to collect the brass band that he leaves the tuba player behind. The band leader realises this and Thomas looks for the tuba player. Meanwhile, the tuba player tries to fetch rides so he can head to Maithwaite.|
|"Percy's New Whistle"||James Mason|| 24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)|
1 August 2004
|'Arry and Bert tease Percy for only having a whistle. Percy becomes cross and practices whistling louder out of spite, not realising he's causing trouble for Thomas and Bertie. Percy later regrets it, but can't resist another whistle and whistles so loud that a giant snowball collides into him. However, the next day, he spots a snowdrift on the line, and hears Thomas approaching. Percy uses his whistle to save him and learns how to use a whistle properly.|
|"Thomas to the Rescue"|| Abi Grant|
| 24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)|
8 August 2004
|Thomas is sent to work at the quarry with Mavis, though it turns out Diesel is there too. Diesel gives Thomas a hard time, declaring the Fat Controller is planning to scrap steam engines. The next morning, Salty brings fresh diesel fuel. Diesel boasts about it, but the fuel makes all of the diesels on the island sick.|
|"Henry and the Wishing Tree"|| Abi Grant|
| 24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)|
8 August 2004
|Henry usually pulls goods trains, but longs for a chance to pull the express.. Thomas tells Henry about the wishing tree, and Henry wishes that he could pull the express. The next day, his wish comes true, but he isn't used to coaches and gives the passengers a bad journey.|
|"James Gets a New Coat"||Abi Grant||15 August 2004||#05|
|James had just been repainted and boasts to the others how he is special because of red paint. This puts Percy down, as he feels he isn't special. Later, James is sent to the coaling plant to help Percy deliver an important order, but James is too busy showing off along the way and Percy is left on his own.|
|"Thomas Saves the Day"||James Mason||15 August 2004||#06|
|Before the construction site of a new station, there is a difficult bend. Annie and Clarabel always assist Thomas with it, but they are due for an overhaul. Thomas doesn't feel really useful without his coaches, especially when he derails at the difficult bend. However, some trucks break away and head for the new station, and Thomas has to stop them in time.|
|"Percy's Big Mistake"||Abi Grant||22 August 2004||#07|
|Percy is overworked, which often makes him late. The dock manager has enough of it and tells the Fat Controller. That night, Percy overhears the Fat Controller telling his driver he will be sent to the scrapyard the following day. Percy is horrified and believes he is going to be scrapped.|
|"Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough"||Abi Grant||22 August 2004||#08|
|Emily tells Thomas everything he's doing wrong, which irritates him to the point where he decides to ignore her completely. It is said that heavy snow is coming and everyone must wear their snowploughs. Emily heads to find Thomas, but he refuses to listen. He soon wishes he had.|
|"Don't Tell Thomas"||Paul Larson||29 August 2004||#09|
|Thomas has been working hard clearing the lines of snow. The engines want to thank him by organising a party, but they want it to be a surprise. Thomas becomes increasingly annoyed that they are not sharing the secret with him.|
|"Emily's New Route"||James Mason||29 August 2004||#10|
|Emily is given the flour route for the summer, and James warns her of a monster in Black Loch. Emily's trucks cause her to crash and be late, so the Fat Controller transfers her to the Black Loch route. Emily is scared, but perseveres and discovers what the "monster" really is.|
|"Thomas and the Firework Display"|| Abi Grant|
| 24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)|
5 September 2004
|Thomas is upset that James gets the task of delivering fireworks instead of him. Along the way to Knapford, James breaks down. Thomas is sent to help James, but the clock is ticking, and the display looks like it'll be called off.|
|"Gordon Takes Charge"||Paul Larson||5 September 2004||#12|
|Percy is taking passengers for the first time in a long time, so Gordon teaches him how to treat coaches. Gordon uses this as an opportunity to show off, which leads to trouble.|
|"Spic and Span"||Marc Seal||12 September 2004||#13|
|There is to be a cleanliness competition, and Gordon, Emily and James believe they'll win. Thomas and Percy want to win too, but Thomas slowly loses confidence as the other engines arrive at the washdown before him.|
|"Edward the Great"||Abi Grant||12 September 2004||#14|
|Spencer comes back to Sodor, and the other engines are not pleased. Spencer challenges Edward to a race to The Duke and Duchess of Boxford's Summer House. The big engines don't think he can do it, but Edward proves that slow and steady can win the race.|
|"Squeak, Rattle and Roll"||Marc Seal|| 24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)|
19 September 2004
|Diesel tries to rattle Gordon by saying steam engines will be scrapped. Gordon doesn't believe him, but starts to worry when he hears a squeaking and rattling. If he slows down, the noise disappears, so he decides to go slowly, even when he has to take The Fat Controller and some children on a boating trip.|
|"Thomas and the Circus"||Abi Grant||19 September 2004||#16|
|Thomas is told to take the circus train, and to share the load due to its weight. But Thomas wants all the glory, so he tries to pull the circus train all by himself. He turns down offers of help from Salty, Percy and James. He regrets his decision though as his siderods break from the weight.|
|"Thomas Gets it Right"||Robin Rigby||26 September 2004||#17|
|Gordon and James hope to make as many journeys as possible. Thomas gets competitive too, but becomes upset when Farmer McColl stays in his cab to make sure his eggs are safe, and he has to go slowly.|
|"As Good as Gordon"||Abi Grant||26 September 2004||#18|
|Gordon is given the job of taking the newly-elected Mayor of Sodor around the island, so someone else has to pull the Express. Emily is chosen, but Gordon doesn't believe she can take the Express across the island and back before teatime like he can. Emily is determined to do the job as good as Gordon|
|"Fish"||Paul Larson||3 October 2004||#19|
|Thomas is sent to help Arthur on the coastal branch, but he must only take five trucks due to rough track-work. However, Thomas hates the smell of fish and takes a long line of trucks to get the job over and done with. They take advantage of him though, and spiral out of control.|
|"Emily's Adventure"||Paul Larson||3 October 2004||#20|
|A storm blows off Farmer McColl's barn roof, so Emily is sent to collect timber to repair it. Along the way, she doesn't use her manners when the tracks are cleared. This lands her into trouble when Elizabeth refuses to take orders from her.|
|"Halloween"||Dave Ingham||10 October 2004||#21|
|Thomas and Emily have to pick up a delivery of iron from the Smelters, and dismiss the existence of ghost. 'Arry and Bert scare them and make them question whether they may exist after all. A tarpaulin falls on Emily and accidentally scares herself as well as Thomas, 'Arry, and Bert.|
|"You Can Do it, Toby!"||Paul Larson||10 October 2004||#22|
|Gordon believes Toby isn't a proper engine, which makes Toby nervous when he has to look after Wellsworth while Edward is at Brendam. He is uncertain he can do it but Thomas manages to encourage him The test comes when Gordon gets stuck on the hill and Toby has to push him.|
|"James Goes Too Far"||James Mason||17 October 2004||#23|
|James is cross when other engines cut him off because their jobs are more important. Then, James is given his own important job: delivering coal to all the stations. He is so arrogant that he refuses to take on water or help Edward, but realises his mistake when he runs out of water and nobody helps him.|
|"Chickens to School"||Paul Larson||17 October 2004||#24|
|Thomas had taken coal trucks all night, and is very tired the next morning. He takes on three jobs: taking chickens to market, sheep to the farm, and children to school. Gordon remarks that really useful engines do not need help, so Thomas decides he doesn't need it. Lack of sleep gets the better of him as he mixes the jobs up.|
|"Too Hot for Thomas"||Paul Larson|| 18 October 2004 (VHS/DVD)|
24 October 2004
|James and Toby are taking children to the seaside. Thomas is disappointed he can't until he delivers ice cream ingredients. Along his journey, he is delayed continuously.|
|Percy and the Magic Carpet||Abi Grant|| 18 October 2004 (VHS/DVD)|
24 October 2004
|Percy is excited about being given a special for a flower show, but is disappointed to find it's only a carpet. Salty suggests it is magic, like in stories he's heard of. Percy is doubtful, until the carpet flies away. He is amazed, but now he has to catch it.|
- 'Arry and Bert
- Annie and Clarabel
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Farmer McColl
- Sodor Brass Band
- One member of the Railway Board
- The Dockyard Manager
- The Coaling Plant Manager
- Murdoch (does not speak)
- Trevor (does not speak)
- Refreshment Lady (does not speak)
- Lady Hatt (does not speak)
- Allicia Botti (does not speak)
- The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (do not speak)
- Henrietta (cameo)
- George (cameo)
- Caroline (cameo)
- Butch (cameo)
- Tiger Moth (cameo)
- Big Mickey (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
- Jem Cole (cameo)
- Jeremiah Jobling (cameo)
- Farmer Trotter (cameo)
- Nancy (cameo)
- Cyril the Fogman (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- The Photographer (cameo)
- City of Truro (picture cameo)
- Duck (music video cameo)
- Donald and Douglas (music video cameo)
- Oliver (music video cameo)
- Rheneas (music video cameo)
- Rusty (music video cameo)
- Toad (music video cameo)
- The Fisherman (music video cameo)
- Bill and Ben (deleted scene)
- The Ice-Cream Factory Manager
- Halloween Engine (does not speak)
- Kuffy the Clown (not named; does not speak)
- The Dairy Manager (cameo)
Half hour format
Season 8 was the first half hour format airing of Thomas and Friends that first aired in the UK on Nick Jr., PBS Kids in the US and Treehouse in Canada. In the airing, two Season 8 episodes, one Season 7 episodes, a few Learning Segments and a song is paired. In the Nick Jr. airings in the UK, Michael Angelis' narrations of Season 7 episodes are paired with Robert Hartshorne's music replacing Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell's music.
- Thomas and the Tuba
- Learning Segment: Which Whistle Suits Thomas
- Song: Sounds
- Peace and Quiet
- Learning Segment: Sounds
- Percy's New Whistle
- Thomas to the Rescue
- Learning Segment: Dot to Dot - Gordon
- Learning Segment: Steamies and Diesels Sounds
- Emily's New Coaches
- Learning Segment: Guess the Engine - Thomas, Henry and Toby
- Henry and the Wishing Tree
- James Gets a New Coat
- Learning Segment: Guess the Engine - Percy
- Song: Emily
- Best Dressed Engine
- Learning Segment: Being Blue
- Thomas Saves the Day
- Percy's Big Mistake
- Learning Segment: Guess the Engine - James
- Learning Segment: How Does Emily Get to the Station?
- Gordon and Spencer
- Learning Segment: Percy Pulls Out of the Station
- Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough
- Don't Tell Thomas
- Learning Segment: Toby is Surprised to see...
- Song: Surprises
- James and the Queen of Sodor
- Learning Segment: Surprise Destination
- Emily's New Route
- Thomas and the Firework Display
- Learning Segment: Thomas Trundles out of the Station
- Bill, Ben and Fergus
- Learning Segment: Thomas and the Mast
- Learning Segment: Being on Time
- Gordon Takes Charge
- Spic and Span
- Learning Segment: Thomas and Percy play Hide and Seek
- Song: Determination
- Not So Hasty Puddings/Not So Hasty Cakes
- Learning Segment: Truck Trouble
- Edward the Great
- Squeak, Rattle and Roll
- Learning Segment: Which Way Should Thomas and Emily Go?
- Learning Segment: Sharing
- Percy Gets it Right
- Learning Segment: Sharing Trucks
- Thomas and the Circus
- Thomas Gets it Right
- Learning Segment: Dot to Dot - Emily
- Song: Patience
- What's the Matter with Henry?
- Learning Segment: The Children Wait for Gordon
- As Good as Gordon
- Learning Segment: Dot to Dot - Edward
- Learning Segment: What Thomas needs to do in the Winter
- The Old Iron Bridge
- Learning Segment: Helping One Another
- Emily's Adventure
- Learning Segment: Guess the Engine - Emily
- Song: Ode to Gordon
- Trusty Rusty
- Learning Segment: What Makes Percy Feel Better?
- You Can Do it, Toby!
- James Goes Too Far
- Learning Segment: Henry Huffs out of the Station
- Three Cheers for Thomas
- Learning Segment: Getting There
- Learning Segment: Edward Helps Emily up Gordon's Hill
- Chickens to School
- Too Hot for Thomas
- Learning Segment: Painting James
- Song: A World Around You
- Salty's Stormy Tale
- Learning Segment: How does Thomas Get to the Timber Yards?
- Percy and the Magic Carpet
- This was the first season of several things:
- The first season of the New Series.
- The first season to not feature any new characters that would appear after their debut episodes.
- The first season produced by Simon Spencer.
- The first season not to have Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell involved in production.
- The first season in the US where all episode titles are the same as the UK.
- Sam Barlow's first season as story executive.
- The first season entirely directed by Steve Asquith after Britt Allcroft, Mike O'Donnell, Junior Campbell and David Mitton retired. Stock footage directed by David Mitton however was used until Edward the Great and in music videos.
- The first season to use the font, Flange BQ (Bold), for title cards and credits.
- The first season not to feature Terence, Duck, Oliver and the Skarloey Railway since their debuts, although Duck, Oliver, Rheneas and Rusty made stock footage cameos in some songs.
- The first season to use new opening and closing titles, the Island of Sodor introduction sequence, and Engine Rollcall as the theme. The original opening however is used in the Greek version.
- The first season shot using BetaCam video, as opposed to 35mm film.
- The first season that established the Steam Team.
- The first season to air on PBS outside of Shining Time Station.
- The first season where Thomas appears in the season finale without a speaking role.
- The first season where every episode has a Steam Team member as the main character.
- This was also the last season of several things as well:
- This was also the only season of several things as well:
- Paul Larson's only season as script editor.
- The only season to use an extended version of the theme for the end credits.
- This season contained the 200th episode of the television series.
- When broadcast on CiTV from 2005-2006, the episodes were shown with a different theme arrangement and lacked the Engine Rollcall before the credits.
- Due to seasons 5-7 never being shown in Finland, the viewers who live there would not have known who Emily, Harvey, Arthur, Spencer, 'Arry and Bert, Salty, Elizabeth, Cranky, Farmer McColl, Murdoch and Allicia Botti are.
- A deleted scene from Squeak, Rattle and Roll suggests that Thomas would have appeared in the episode. Had he actually appeared, this would have been the first season where Thomas appears in every episode instead of the ninth.
- Regardless of whether he would have spoken in the episode or not, the thirteenth season would still be the first season where Thomas speaks in every episode.