Although there are many snippits into Hathaway's early life, most of it is left unknown.
He at least lived near Oxford for most of his childhood on an estate called Crevecoeur Hall, where he became childhood friends with Scarlett Mortmaigne, the daughter of Crevecoeur Hall (The Dead of Winter).
In the same episode there is also a slight referance that Hathaway did not live a fully happy childhood, When his father is mentioned he becomes rather irritable and changes the subject quickly. His father was the ground's keeper on the estate.
In Life born of Fire, Hathaway is also revealed to have another childhood friend who lived in or near to Oxford, Will McEwan. When Will came out to Hathaway that he was homosexual when they were about 14, Hathaway laughed at him, causing damage to their friendship for many years, which never really got resolved.
In the episode "Old School Ties" we are told by an ex-schoolmate of Hathaway's that he had been Head Boy of his school and nicknamed 'W.C.' - short for 'Wolfgang Christ' - because he "didn't know whether he wanted to be Mozart or Jesus". Hathaway attended Harrow, the public boarding school for boys, in London.
Hathaway went to Cambridge university to study Theology, he is also hinted to have been something of a rowing star while at university - in the Pilot, he is described by a rowing coach as "Atta-way Hathaway", and being on the rowing team for his University in the annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race.
He was training to be a seminary Priest until he began debating both the existence of God, and whether he was suited to the job. We never learn the reasons for his leaving the seminary, but he tells Lewis in one of the first episodes (Pilot?) that he was "too frivolous" for the seminary.
In the last episode of series four, Hathaway informs Lewis that he was talent spotted for MI5 in university, this is neither confirmed or denied by the end.
In the Police ForceEdit
Hathaway is very intelligent, and is often described as a "funny policeman" because he seems so out of place there. Even so, he enjoys his work and becomes dedicated to it.
Like Morse, and occasionally Lewis, Hathaway has a habit for getting involved with witnesses and suspects. He does this most notably with Zoe Kenneth in Life born of Fire and Scarlett Mortmaigne in The Dead of Winter.
Despite his intellegence, Hathaway is still young and inexprienced, sometimes even behaving in a very childish like manner in Life Born of Fire- When he yells at Lewis in the street "You're not listening to me!"
The He also makes witty remarks to fellow officers, which don't always endear him to them. Many officers at the station consider him to be posh, and snooty, as he was a graduate-entry student, meaning he didn't have to do 2 years as a PC (Police Constable) like the rest of the station.
During Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things' Hathaway stays awake all night at the police station ordering hundreds of photos in time order, judging by the light and who is standing next to who, this both amazes and shocks Lewis and Innocent.
His intelligence often comes in useful when identifying complex messages or references from Oxford scholars - he sometimes does this with smugness, though he insists that it is just "the unfortunate shape of my face."
Similarities to MorseEdit
There are many noticable similarities between Morse and Hathaway, their intellegence being only one.
- Both went to one of the Oxbridge colleges.
- They are commented on as being too intellegent for the Police Force.
- They have a bad taste in women, the woman they are interested in usually turns out to hold some sort of blame for a murder.
- They both enjoy music- Morse enjoyed opera and classical, Hathaway enjoys World Music, and plays in a band.
DI Robert "Robbie" LewisEdit
DI Robert "Robbie" Lewis is Hathaway's boss and the two have a better relationship than Lewis had when he was Morse's sergeant. The two first met in the pilot when Robbie arrives home from the Virgin Islands after several years' absence. Even though he and Lewis had their ups and downs, their working relationship was slightly better than Lewis' with Morse.