The Fat Controller as Father Christmas.

The Fat Controller (more formally referred to as Sir Topham Hatt) is the head of the railway in The Railway Series of books written by the Rev. W.V. Awdry. In the first 2 books in the series (The 3 Railway Engines and Thomas the Tank Engine), he is known as the Fat Director. In the 3rd book (James the Red Engine), he becomes the Fat Controller, as the railway has been nationalized. His full name is revealed in the foreword to the book Henry the Green Engine.

The Fat Controller also appears in many episodes of the television series Thomas & Friends, adapted from the books. In this, he was usually portrayed in the form of a static figure, but from Season 12 onwards was portrayed using CGI.

The name or term "fat controller" has since been adopted in various contexts in the English language, beyond the sphere of the original stories.

Appearances in Christmas specials

He was also mentioned in "Duncan the Humbug".

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