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|Type:||Graphite-based writing device|
|Place of origin:||Earth|
|Used by:||Humans, The Doctor|
|First seen in:||An Unearthly Child|
Artists would draw using pencils. For example, a Parisian artist once sketched Romana II with one in 1979. (TV: City of Death) Children, inexperienced at drawing, would often draw with coloured pencils, mess up, and then scribble on the drawing to cover up their mistake. (TV: Fear Her) Time Lords also used pencils for drawing, just as Susan had used one to draw a flower. (TV: "The Dead Planet")
Pencils were also used for writing. For example, Marco Polo would use a pencil to transcribe his adventures in his journal. (TV: Marco Polo) A man living on Arcadia who was dying from cancer wrote his memoirs using burnt sticks for pencils and old sheets for parchment. (PROSE: Prelude Deceit) Pencils were naturally used in schools such as Coal Hill School, both in class and for homework. (TV: "An Unearthly Child", COMIC: Pencil Pusher)
Pencils had other uses as well, such as the basic function of a stick. The Tenth Doctor once used one to extract a sample from a Vespiform sting, and Agatha Christie had earlier used the same pencil as a pointer. (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp)
When, in 2012 London, the Isolus took over Chloe Webber, a lonely child, Chloe began drawing people and objects — snatching them from space-time, and sucking them into her paper. She did this under the influence of the Isolus, who was lonely as well, trapped away from her family over around four billion. Not only could Chloe suck living organisms into drawings, but she could also create organisms from drawings, as she did with the scribble creature, a creature made entirely from graphite, and her father. The Isolus, with Chloe unconscious, showed a skill of pencil drawing quite capably and quite quickly. Trish Webber, her mother, would hide her pencils, but she kept a secret stash in a doll. The Isolus was eventually freed when the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler found its spaceship, and Chloe was no longer capable of extracting life through drawing. (TV: Fear Her)
The Tenth Doctor once used a pencil to demonstrate how the Huon particles in the heart of the TARDIS were attracted to the identical particles in Donna Noble, using a mug to represent the TARDIS. When Donna, shocked, questioned, "I'm a pencil inside a mug?" the Doctor joked, "Yes, you are. 4H — sums you up." (TV: The Runaway Bride)