Hello. My name is Sir Topham Hatt. Thomas and his friends welcome you to the Island of Sodor. There are lots of things to see and do. While on your journey, make sure you visit the "Fun and Games" station, the "Read Along" story depot, and the "Character Gallery". We're happy you're here. All aboard!
~ Sir Topham Hatt's introduction in the "Best of Thomas" DVD menu.
Sir Topham Hatt (formally known as the Fat Controller) is the superintendent of the North Western Railway, and the secondary tetartagonist in Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. He is also one of the two main protagonists of Big World! Big Adventures!. He is the one responsible for giving all the engines their jobs and tell them what they're to do. He is quite a strict, stern, and very firm character that will remind the engines that he is in charge and he gives orders when some try to rebel against his authority. But overall, he is a fair, forgiving, wise and kind-hearted gentleman who loves his engines and is very proud of all of them and can always rely on them to be Really Useful.