Bristol Rovers came from behind to earn a Boxing Day point at Plainmoor.
On-loan Torquay striker John Marquis took his tally to three goals in five games with a fifth-minute penalty after David Clarkson was adjudged to have handled Billy Bodin's free-kick.
But Matt Harrold hit his fifth goal of the season to level on 25 minutes.
Torquay twice went close to a winner, having Jordan Chapell's angled shot cleared off the line before Damien Mozika's header hit the post.
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