I have just heard Australian-English actor Rob Inglis repeatedly pronounce the word "door" so that it rhymes with "poor".

In what dialect is that pronunciation found? Is it Australian?

Edit - clarification

My "Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary" gives the pronunciation [dɔ:(r)] for "door" and [pʊǝ(r)] for "poor"

Mr Inglis' pronunciation is [dʊǝ], not [dɔ:].

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    Does he say "Hodor"? ;)
    – NVZ
    Jun 20, 2016 at 17:48
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    Uh, "door" does rhyme with "poor", at least to a pretty good approximation.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 20, 2016 at 17:50
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    How do you pronounce poor? Does it rhyme with shore, fir, sewer, sure, or none of the above? Jun 20, 2016 at 18:00
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    In Standard BE door and poor are not the same. They may be the same in some regional accents (North-East comes to mind). In Std BE, door rhymes with pour and poor rhymes with dour. Go figure (as we Brits don't say).
    – Andrew Leach
    Jun 20, 2016 at 18:04
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    @sumelic, wow. I have never heard dour pronounced to rhyme with tour, only with hour. Yet I see it's the first listed pronunciation on m-w.com. Learning all sorts of things here. :-)
    – Hellion
    Jun 20, 2016 at 18:45

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In Mid-Ulster English, admittedly far from Australia,

/ʉ/ is possible before /r/ in floor, whore, door, board, etc.
Wikipedia Ulster English

For pronunciation of /ʉ/ see Wikipedia Close central rounded vowel which has a link to an audio file.

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